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Campaign poll shows Scott DesJarlais, Eric Stewart in ‘dead heat'

Scott DesJarlais (left) and Eric Stewart Scott DesJarlais (left) and Eric Stewart

NASHVILLE  (Times Free Press) -- Democrat Eric Stewart's campaign says their new poll shows the 4th Congressional District hopeful in a statistical "dead heat" with Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais.

Pollster Andrew Myers said the survey of 400 likely voters shows DesJarlais, a Jasper physician, leading state Sen. Stewart of Winchester by 49-45 percent. That's a "dead heat," he said, because it falls within the poll's 4.9 percent margin of error.

"These data say it is an extremely competitive race today and Eric is very much in the game," Myers added.

The polling was conducted Sunday and Monday in the wake of revelations that DesJarlais in 2000 encouraged a former patient with whom he had had a sexual relationship to get an abortion.

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