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DesJarlais continues to surprise
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WINCHESTER (AP) — Well-known details about U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais — including that he once urged a mistress to seek an abortion and held a gun in his mouth for hours outside his ex-wife’s room — didn’t deter Republican primary voters from giving him a possible shot at a third term.The primary race remains too close to call, with DesJarlais ahead of challenger Jim Tracy by just 35 votes in unofficial results. That number could shift as provisional ballots are counted, and the final result could drag on for weeks as election officials certify results and consider potential challenges.Tracy raised far more money than DesJarlais and had been expected to easily win. But DesJarlais’ tea party base appeared willing to overlook his personal scandals, offering another lesson in the staying power of ideology in a country increasingly polarized by politics and perceived cultural showdowns.“Tennesseans chose to judge me on my record in Washington,” DesJarlais said in a statement after Thursday’s primary voting.