NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais defeated Democratic challenger Eric Stewart.
“I want to thank the voters of Tennessee’s Fourth District for once again giving me the honor of representing them in Congress," said DesJarlais. "I also want to thank my family for their steadfast love and support.”
With 95 percent of precincts reporting, DesJarlais had 126,751 votes, or 56 percent, compared with Stewart's 99,823, or 44 percent.
“When I first ran for Congress I promised that I would go to Washington and fight to reduce the size of government, end the deficit spending and repeal ObamaCare," he added. "I believe that I have kept these promises and I look forward to using this term to build upon the many successes already achieved by House Republicans.
DesJarlais' re-election bid has been rocked over the last month by revelations that the Jasper physician once had an affair with a patient and urged her to get an abortion.