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Fleischmann to face Shekari in US 3rd Congressional District race

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -

It was a big night for Chuck Fleischmann, who won the 3rd Congressional GOP primary race in a landslide.

Fleischmann took over 80 percent of the votes in the Republican primary,  bearing opponents Alan Levene and Geoffrey Smith.

Fleischmann is the Republican incumbent, who has held the 3rd district's seat since 2010.

"Tonight we were in the high 80s, which is virtually unheard of. I'm so thankful," said Fleischmann. "The good thing about it was (the win) was districtwide. Chattanooga in the south, Oak Ridge in middle, Scott County up north. The win was huge everywhere."

In November, Fleischmann will face off against Melody Shekari, who took the Democratic nomination, beating Michael Friedman and George Ryan Love by several thousand votes.

Shekari is a GPS graduate who is running for public office for the first time.

"I think we can really bring something new and authentic and fresh to this race, and that's what we're excited to do," said Shekari. "To give people hope that things can change, can get better for our district, and send someone to DC who will fight for us."

Both candidates told us they're happy with their wins, but the real campaign work is just now beginning, looking ahead to the November election.

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