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DesJarlais primary challenge hinges on new maps

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais' sweeping congressional district stands to see the state's biggest redistricting changes as the freshman prepares his re-election bid.

Democratic state Sen. Eric Stewart of Winchester decided not to wait to find out the new shape of the district in announcing his candidacy for the 4th District seat last week. But several potential Republican challengers have said they want to see the new boundaries before deciding whether to mount primary challenges.

Population changes during the last decade have left the district 17,000 people short of the ideal set by the 2010 Census.

An obvious place to find the extra population would be among the fast-growing suburban counties outside Nashville, but some in the state Legislature worry about changing the heavily rural makeup of the district.

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