But for a short time early Friday morning, it appeared Jim Tracy had usurped DesJarlais' lead by a mere four votes.
Then around 11am, the updated election tally had DesJarlais ahead, by 35 votes.
Early Friday morning, the DesJarlais campaign issued the following victory statement.
"Despite my opponent spending more than a million dollars on desperate, negative attacks, Tennesseans chose to judge me on my record in Washington. I want to thank my constituents for voting to elect me to another term in Congress. I look forward to continuing my independent, conservative approach to stopping President Obama's radical agenda."
As for the Tracy campaign, the challenger pushed the following statement on his Facebook page a few hours ago, not conceding the race to DesJarlias.
“Thank you to everyone that has volunteered, worked, and supported Jim Tracy. There are ballots left to be counted in the Fourth District Republican primary. We eagerly await the final outcome once the counting is completed and verified.”
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