CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- Political newcomer Weston Wamp said in an emailed statement Thursday night:

"I want to thank the thousands of people who voted for me today. What a rewarding experience it was to campaign for this office. I want to thank the people who supported me with their money and, especially, I want to thank the hundreds of volunteers who worked on my behalf. I wish the best to all of tonight's winners and will continue to be a voice for my generation as we move forward."

Wamp squared off against incumbent Chuck Fleischmann and regional dairyman Scottie Mayfield in the Republican nomination for Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District.

The Associated Press has declared Fleischmann the winner in the contest.  He will face off against Democrat Mary Headrick in November.