Congressman Chuck Fleischmann wins hard-fought primary

Congressman Chuck Fleischmann wins hard-fought primary

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Rep. Chuck Fleischmann is congratulated by his family and supporters Thursday night. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann is congratulated by his family and supporters Thursday night.

NASHVILLE (WATE/AP) - Freshman U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann of Chattanooga prevailed Thursday in his hard-fought Republican primary campaign.

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Fleischmann defeated Scottie Mayfield, an executive with the dairy company that bears his family name, and Weston Wamp, the son of the district's former congressman.

With 88 percent of precincts reporting, Fleischmann had 27,660 votes, or 39 percent. Mayfield had 22,256, or 31 percent, and Wamp had, 19,668, or 28 percent.

"We came from out of nowhere again!" Fleischmann told his supporters at a victory celebration Thursday night. I worked hard when I came to Congress. I went up there and said, 'I want to change the direction of America.'" 

Wamp won the vote count in his home territory of Hamilton County, but failed to outpoll in northern parts of the district.

Mayfield took 72 percent of the vote in his home county, McMinn, but that also wasn't enough to counter Fleischmann's strength in Anderson, Scott and Campbell counties.

Deputy campaign manager Joe Hendrix said Mayfield conceded to Fleischmann around 1:00 p.m. Friday.

"I'm afraid people up their just made their decision based on television advertising," Wamp said about the vote totals in the northern counties of the district. "It's disappointing. I wonder if voters really dug in and got to know our campaign."

For his part, Mayfield was reluctant to concede the race to Fleischmann.

"I'm not in Chattanooga. Some folks in Chattanooga are saying the election commission is still looking at some of the results," he said. "I'm not sure how to interpret that, but I've been told to wait."

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