DesJarlais holds off Stewart despite abortion scandal
NASHVILLE – Voters in the 4th Congressional District shrugged off a sex scandal and gave U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais a second term.
U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., greets supporters on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Winchester, Tenn. DesJarlais defeated Democrat Eric Stewart in the state's 4th Congressional District. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
DesJarlais defeated state Sen. Eric Stewart, D-Belvidere, by a double-digit margin, nearly matching his upset win two years ago. Stewart conceded the race at 11:30 p.m., with about half of the results finalized in Rutherford County, where tallies were delayed by an election night snafu.
“The voters have spoken. I’m proud of the campaign we ran,” he said.
DesJarlais, R-South Pittsburg, cruised to a resounding victory in the Republican-leaning district, despite an aggressive effort by Democrats to attack the doctor turned congressman over his nasty 2001 divorce. Embraced by his wife, Amy, during a brief appearance in Winchester, DesJarlais told supporters that the attacks had been a distraction.
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