With Jim Tracy conceding his 38-vote loss to incumbent 4th District Congressman Scott DesJarlais without a fight, election offices across the district can breathe a sigh of relief.
“It would have taken days and days and days and days,” said election administrator Donna Smith of the request for information sent to her office by Tracy’s camp on Aug. 18 when he was still eying a challenge of his close loss in the Republican Primary.
The question was laid to rest Monday when Tracy conceded without a fight.
“I have called Rep. DesJarlais to inform him of my decision to concede and congratulate him,” Tracy said, noting he will remain in government in his job at the state capitol. “One reason why I am at peace about my decision is I am devoted to my service as senator from the 14th Senatorial District of Tennessee.”
DesJarlais won by a count of 34,793 to 34,755. The close finish had Tracy considering a challenge before the state’s primary board, which is composed of the Republican State Executive Committee. However, in doing so, a mountain of paperwork would have been required, all coming from the various election offices that make up the sprawling 4th District.
“We’re pleased he has decided not to challenge the results based on the time that would have been involved in having to provide all they requested,” Smith said.
Included in the request that was sent when Tracy was considering an appeal was copies of every application for ballot, a number that in Warren County alone would have been 8,389 copies.
They were also seeking voter histories on everyone who voted in the Republican Primary. This was because there were many more people than normal who voted in the Republican Primary this month. Tennessee is an open state which means voters can pick either primary to vote in when they go to the polls.
There were also several other things the Tracy camp requested including copies of signature cards and applications for by-mail ballots. Smith noted there were also three provisional ballots cast during the recent election but only one counted and it was in the Democratic Primary and did not impact the Tracy race.