Kingsport pharmacist Diana Harshbarger, a Republican, loaned her campaign $250,000 on her way toward receiving about $289,000 in total contributions. She's already spent more than $231,000 on her candidacy.
Most of the other Republicans in the race haven’t spent close to Harshbarger’s amount.
State Sen. Rusty Crowe of Johnson City has raised about $203,000 and spent around $8,200. A number of contributions came from current and former members of the Tennessee General Assembly.
Former Kingsport Mayor John Clark has raised about $182,000 and spent about $61,500. Clark has also loaned his campaign nearly $80,000. Former Johnson City Mayor Steve Darden has raised about $131,000 but only spent about $1,200. He has also loaned his campaign $25,000.
A spokesman for state Rep. Timothy Hill of Blountville said: “Because of when Timothy Hill announced his candidacy for Congress, he is not required to file a first quarter disclosure with the FEC.” The same went for state Rep. David Hawk of Greeneville.
On the Democrat side, Elizabethton’s Chris Rowe is the leading fundraiser with about $13,800 in contributions.
The seat became open when U.S. Rep. Phil Roe decided to retire and not seek re-election.
A Democrat hasn’t been elected to the 1st Congressional District seat since Reconstruction.
Primaries will be held in August.