State Sen. Jim Tracy leads incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais in fundraising

State Sen. Jim Tracy leads incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais in fundraising

April 16th, 2014 by Andy Sher in Local - Breaking News

Jim Tracy and Scott DesJarlais

NASHVILLE -- Republican state Sen. Jim Tracy maintained his campaign fundraising lead over incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., in the first three months of 2014, according to the candidates' latest disclosures.

Tracy, who is from Shelbyville, reported raising $172,061 from Jan. 1 through March 31. In DesJarlais' disclosure to the Federal Election Commission, the South Pittsburg physician reported raising $76,102.

Meanwhile, Tracy's campaign warchest stood at $913,561 as of March 31. DesJarlais' cash on hand was $198,356.

Tracy has led in fundraising since announcing his GOP primary election challenge to DesJarlais, who represents the 4th Congressional District.

In a statement, Tracy's campaign finance chairman, Shane Reeves, said the financial support "will allow us to get our message out" to voters. "We are about 90 days from early voting and I am confident that the voters will elect Jim Tracy. We need a strong conservative leader in Washington, and Jim Tracy is the right person for the job."