DesJarlais defeats Starrett in 4th District

U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais has won the 4th District Republican nomination to a new term despite being substantially outspent by challenger Grant Starrett.

Unofficial returns who the incumbent with about 42 percent of the vote; Starrett 10 percentage points back. (Note: Results HERE.)

The Times-Free Press has statements from the two campaigns:

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