DesJarlais survives primary challenge
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Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.) won his GOP primary Thursday night.
 
DesJarlais led Grant Starrett, a 28-year-old lawyer who served as a former aide to Mitt Romney, 51 to 44 percent, when The Associated Press called the race with 84 percent of the votes counted.
 
 
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Starrett poured nearly $900,000 into the race to self-fund his campaign, according to the Times-Free Press, and he ran to the right of DesJarlais, a House Freedom Caucus member. 
 
DesJarlais sought to paint his challenger as an out-of-state “trust fund millionaire.”
 
DesJarlais escaped yet another tight primary challenge after winning by just 38 votes in a recount in 2014. 
 
The pro-life Tennessee Republican has been plagued for years by the 2012 revelation that he pressured his ex-wife to get abortions and that he had sexual relations with his patients while he was practicing medicine.