We have our first house candidate, and our first contested primary, of 2014. State Sen. Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville) lost to Diane Black by less than 1000 votes in the 2010 TN-6 Primary, and he's back for another try in a new seat. This time he's taking on congressman, soon-to-be-former physician, serial philaderer, abortion advocate, and all-around creep, Scott DesJarlais, in the Republican primary.
“I am a conservative in word and deed. I have lived my life both personally and professionally in a way that is consistent with my core conservative values,” he said. “I promise that I will never embarrass you with my personal conduct or compromise on my conservative principles.”
Tracy is certain to be a top-tier challenger in what looks to be a crowded primary field. It will be a real test of TNGOP organizational strength to try and whittle the field, which may also include State Rep. Joe Carr of Lascassas, Cracker Barrel Exec Forrest Shoaf, and a host of others, down before the primary. Unlike most Southern states, TN has no runoff, so it's important to pick one candidate here to avoid DesJarlais slipping through with a plurality. On paper Tracy would seem to be a good candidate to unite behind. The seat should be a Safe R district based on DesJarlais's win this year in the face of scandal, but Democrats may try again with ex-State Sen. and 2012 nominee Eric Stewart of Winchester.
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