The year ahead

As James Harrison tweeted Wednesday morning, one year from tonight, we will likely know the winners of Tennessee state and federal primary elections for the 2014 cycle. Many county general election results will also be tallied.

As with the rest of the nation, the outcomes at the congressional level are mostly safely predicted. The lone exception involves incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, whose redrawn 4th District and unearthed personal saga have a couple of well-funded candidates declaring that he doesn’t cut the mustard. DesJarlais officially launched his re-election campaign today—the same day he was named Capitol Hill’s most vulnerable lawmaker in a primary by National Journal.

DesJarlais is not the only one who will face a primary challenge. For example, state Rep. Glen Casada has a Republican opponent. There are and will be others.

Tea Party groups and other Tennessee conservatives are anxious to take down U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, but it’s not clear whether that anxiety will materialize as an actual candidate. Alexander seem to be taking them seriously to a degree, because Federal Election Commission disclosure records show that he has spent well over $2 million (a fact that was hurried to my inbox by one of the aforementioned conservative activists).

Last week, Andrea Zelinski highlighted a handful of the more watch-worthy aspects of next year’s cycle.

Here in Hamilton County, the race I’ve seen the most talk about (and by that I mean very little) is for Sheriff. Since the county primary is in May, I’m a little surprised that there is not a bit more activity. Maybe it will come as of Labor Day. Maybe the school board will be where all the action is.

Who knows? One year from tonight, we will.

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