Dem challenger Stewart takes lead in fundraising over DesJarlais
NASHVILLE, TN (Times Free Press) -- Democrat Eric Stewart's fundraising outpaced Republican Congressman Scott DesJarlais' contributions following revelations the Jasper physician once asked a woman with whom he had a romantic relationship to seek an abortion.
Stewart raised $63,707 to DesJarlais' $30,216 from Oct. 1 and Oct. 17, according to their latest Federal Election Commission filings.
DesJarlais reported raising just $12,516 from individuals while Stewart said he raised $49,217. DesJarlais raised $17,700 from political action committees while Stewart raised $14,900.
But the Republican incumbent still enjoyed nearly a 3-to-1 cash advantage heading into the final days of the Nov. 6 election. That was despite jumping onto television with $191,000 in ad purchases in the Chattanooga and Nashville media markets. DesJarlais also spent another $25,000 on media.
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