DesJarlais defeats challenger Starrett in 4th Congressional District race

Grant Starrett and Scott DesJarlais are pictured in this composite photo.
photo U.S. Rep. Scott Desjarlais speaks at the La-Z-Boy furniture plant on Thursday, June 2, 2016, in Dayton, Tenn.
photo Grant Starrett

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Challenger Grant Starrett had conceded to incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais in Tennessee's 4th Congressional District Republican primary.

A statement from Starrett's campaign says:

"We spoke with tens of thousands of our friends and neighbors face to face at their doorsteps and in their living rooms over the course of this campaign, and I'm grateful for their prayers, support, and vote of confidence to be their next Congressman. While it was not enough, I'm proud of our campaign, and I'm incredibly grateful for everyone involved.

"I just called to congratulate Congressman DesJarlais, and I wish him the best in his work as a Representative for our district."

DesJarlais released the following statement: "Despite my opponent spending nearly two million dollars trying to distort my conservative voting record, the people of the Fourth District know I will always fight for Tennessee values and principles. I am honored by the opportunity to continue to serve my constituents and I promise to remain steadfast in my defense of conservative constitutional principles."

Some precincts are still out, but DesJarlais, a South Pittsburg physician, lead Starrett, a California native who lives in Murfreesboro, as results came in all night. Also running are Erran Persley and Yomi "Fapas" Faparusi.

The sprawling, largely rural 4th District covers all or parts of 16 counties, stretching east from the city of Cleveland to Murfreesboro in the west. It covers 16 counties and includes part of Bradley County and all of Meigs, Rhea, Marion, Grundy and Bledsoe counties but excludes Hamilton County, which is in the 3rd Congressional District.

Vote totals are as follows for Republicans:

DesJarlais: 23,081

Starrett: 19,382

Persley: 1,548

Faparusi: 464

Only one Democrat is running, Steven Reynolds. He has 10,984 votes.

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