4TH DISTRICT MONEY RACEAs of July 16 Lincoln Davis: $788,607 Scott DesJarlais: $321,864Source: Federal Election Commission
Tennessee is the "eye of the storm" for anti-Democratic sentiment this year, and that could spell trouble for incumbent Lincoln Davis in the sprawling 4th Congressional District, a political expert says.
"The energy on the right in East Tennessee is electric," David Wasserman, U.S. House editor for the Cook Political Report, said last week. "(Davis is) going to have to run to the right of the national Democratic Party and even the national Republican Party."
Davis, 66, is a member of the conservative congressional Blue Dog Democrats and a Fentress County homebuilder. He faces Jasper, Tenn., physician Scott DesJarlais, 46, a Republican originally from Sturgis, S.D., in the Nov. 2 general election.
DesJarlais said he moved to East Tennessee 17 years ago after interviewing for a job with a doctor who rode Harley-Davidsons and knew of the annual Sturgis motorcycle rally.