Docs do so-so at the polls
Citing the almost $5.2 million spent by candidates in Tennessee’s 8th Congressional District GOP primary, the Center for Responsive Politics called it the most expensive congressional primary election in the nation, and it resulted in otolaryngologist Ronald Kirkland narrowly beating radiologist George Flinn (who spent nearly $3 million of his own money) 17,635 votes to 17,309 on Aug. 5. Unfortunately for both doctors, farmer Stephen Fincher was also running, and he received 35,016 votes.
Tennessee’s 8th District aside, overall physicians who weren’t incumbents seeking congressional seats have had so-so results in the recent round of voting.
In Democratic primaries, Ami Bera ran uncontested in California’s 3rd District; Loraine Goodwin received 52.6% of the votes in a two-person primary in California’s 19th District; Wynne LeGrow was unopposed in Virginia’s 4th District; and Brent Staton lost to a lawyer and finished third out of four candidates in Tennessee’s 3rd District.
And in Republican primaries, Patrick Bertroche finished fifth out of seven candidates in Iowa’s 3rd District; Larry Bucshon finished first in an eight-person race in Indiana’s 8th District; Blake Curd finished last in a three-person race in South Dakota’s only congressional district; Mike Fallon was unopposed in Colorado’s 1st District; Joe Heck received almost 69% of the vote and trounced his opponent in Nevada’s 3rd District; Deborah Honeycutt received just under a third of the votes and lost in a runoff election for Georgia’s 13th District; Mariannette Miller-Meeks beat two other opponents in Iowa’s 3rd District; and Mike Vasovski finished last in a six-person field in South Carolina’s 3rd District.
While that’s nowhere near a complete tally, it comes to a score of Docs: 7, other professions: 6. Osteopathic physicians (Betroche, Heck and Vasovski) are 1 for 3. Physicians are also 3 for 3 in races for states’ 3rd District seats, and while Outliers has no idea what that means, we were compelled to point that out.
LeGrow was one doc who won his race.