NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)- Scandal-plagued Rep. Scott DesJarlais has turned back his latest Republican primary challenge to win the nomination in Tennessee’s 4th District.
DesJarlais, a physician from Jasper, has survived despite a series of revelations that included affairs with patients, urging a mistress to seek an abortion and once holding a gun in his mouth for hours outside his ex-wife’s room. He now opposes abortion rights.
DesJarlais, a perennial favorite among national pundits to be defeated in the primary, won the nomination in 2014 by just 38 votes.
This year, DesJarlais was an early supporter of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, and the congressman hammered challenger Grant Starrett for being a California native and a “trust fund millionaire.” Starrett had loaned his campaign nearly $900,000.