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VOL. 37 | NO. 28 | Friday, July 12, 2013

Tracy far outraises DesJarlais in 4th District

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NASHVILLE (AP) - Recent Federal Election Commission filings show state Sen. Jim Tracy has outraised incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais and state Rep. Joe Carr in his bid for the 4th District seat.

The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/12wsgt3) reported the Shelbyville Republican raised $296,393 this spring, more than eight times DesJarlais' $35,155. Carr, a Lascassas Republican, finished second with $100,225.

DesJarlais, a two-term Republican physician from South Pittsburg, has had a tough time fundraising, mainly because of revelations about his personal life.

He won re-election last year despite revelations he had affairs with patients and once urged one of them to seek an abortion.

In May, he was fined $500 by the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners for two counts of unprofessional misconduct. He didn't contest the findings.

DesJarlais spent $34,220 in the second quarter, leaving him wi th less than $1,000 more than when he began the period, according to the FEC. He finished the spring with just over $88,000 in the bank.

Tracy spent $44,193, about $10,000 more than DesJarlais. However, he saw his cash on hand rise to $656,201 less than 13 months before the Republican primary.

Carr, who did not officially begin his campaign until early March, spent $16,858 in the second quarter, pushing his cash on hand up to $275,000.

The Republican primary for the 4th District is in August 2014.