Rep. DesJarlais, challenger trade leads in Tenn.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Scandal-plagued Tennessee Rep. Scott DesJarlais (day-zhar-LAY') and challenger Jim Tracy's race is still too close to call as election officials in the largely rural 4th Congressional District tally outstanding votes.

DesJarlais and challenger Jim Tracy were separated by just a handful of votes the morning after the vote Friday, with the lead see-sawing between the candidates for Republican nomination.

The final result of the primary race may drag out until the end the month as election officials certify results and consider potential challenges.

Physician DesJarlais won re-election in 2012 despite revelations he urged a patient he was dating to seek an abortion.

Tracy far outraised the DesJarlais campaign and had been expected to easily defeat the incumbent. But DesJarlais' tea party base appeared willing to overlook his past personal problems.


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