MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) - Scandal-ridden Republican incumbent Scott DesJarlais has held on to his U.S. House seat.        

Early returns show DesJarlais winning in the race against Democratic challenger Lenda Sherrell with about 60 percent of the vote.    

DesJarlais won the right to defend his 4th District seat after a victory of just 38 votes in the August primary against state Sen. Jim Tracy.      

DesJarlais, a Jasper physician who now opposes abortion rights, won despite a series of personal scandals that included affairs with patients, urging a mistress to seek an abortion and once holding a gun in his mouth for hours outside his ex-wife's room.     

Sherrell is an accountant from Monteagle who stressed during the campaign that she is not a "career politician."      

DesJarlais announced earlier this year that he was diagnosed with cancer.

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