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NASHVILLE - Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais outraised GOP challenger Jim Tracy by a two-to-one margin in the first 18 days of July, but Tracy outspent the embattled 4th Congressional District representative by nearly four times as much, disclosures show.

The candidates' pre-primary reports to the Federal Election Commission for July 1-18 also show Tracy, a state senator, made a $50,000 personal loan to his campaign on top of the $21,312 he raised from contributors.

DeJarlais, whose fundraising has trailed Tracy's, raised $41,880.

But Tracy spent heavily during the period, a total of $422,744 with about $326,000 going to On Message Inc. for media buys. Tracy also spent another $48,583 with Majority Strategies for printing and postage for political mailers to voters in the district, which covers all or part of 15 East and Middle Tennessee counties.

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