Today features a rare Wednesday special election primary, this one in Tennessee’s 14th House District in the Knoxville area. The vacancy was created when State Rep. Ryan Haynes, who was first elected to this seat in 2008 when he was only 23 years old, resigned upon being elected as Chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party.
It is a solidly GOP district, which is why only two Republican candidates filed to run: Karen Carson and Zachary Taylor. Consequently, whomever wins today will effectively take this seat. Both campaigns have reported significant fund-raising totals – Carson has raised over $43,000 and Taylor over $30,000, as of the weekend.
This has been a busy week for specials, and I regret not having more time to analyze this contest, as the contribution data would likely have proven another good test for my fund-raising methodology. For more background on the candidates and issues surrounding this primary, I recommend Tom Humphrey’s blog post here.