Scott DesJarlais keeps lead over Jim Tracy after 2 votes counted

Arkansas-Tennessee Live Blog
photo Jim Tracy on left, Scott DesJarlais on right

ALTAMONT, Tenn. - Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais on Monday held on to his slender 35-vote margin over GOP primary challenger Jim Tracy after Grundy County Election Commission members sorted through provisional ballots in a contest that's been too close to call.

In the end, commissioners accepted two provisional ballots from voters who did not have their government-issued photo identification with them when they sought to vote in last Thursday's election but were able to present them by Monday's close-of-business deadline on Monday.

The scandal-plagued DesJarlais, a South Pittsburg physician, and Tracy, a state senator from Shelbyville, each received one additional vote and thus DesJarlais' razor thin lead did not change although the totals in the 4th Congressional District primary increased by two.