I Didn't See It Coming - 08/08/14

  If you asked me Thursday morning what I thought about 4-th district congressman Scott DeJarlais' chances of winning the GOP nomination for a third term, I would have told you I think he's toast. 
  With information about the right to life candidate pressuring a mistress to have an abortion and being punished by the state medical board for having sex with patients, I was certain DeJarlais days in congress were numbered.
  They may be but for now, DeJarlais has the narrowest of leads over State Senator Jim Tracy.  Tracy has not conceded because there are enough provisional ballots out to potentially give him the win.  People who showed up at the polls without a picture ID were allowed to vote Thursday.  But those votes won't count unless those people come back to the election commission and prove they're eligible to cast a ballot.
  No matter what happens, Tracy could be the GOP nominee in November because the state republican party could rule he's their candidate no matter the outcome of the popular vote.  I saw the Tennessee democratic party do it a few years ago in a state senate race in Clarkville a few years back.
  High drama, stay tuned.

 

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- Army Chief Warrant Officer Duane Sandbothe is trying to keep a Christmas secret. He returned home yesterday from deployment to Afghanistan. He hopes to make his homecoming a Christmas surprise for his 8-year-old son. Sandbothe says his boy is to ask Santa Claus to get dad home by Christmas. Sandbothe says he plans to lie low for a week. Sandbothe is among 61 citizen-soldiers of the Georgia National Guard coming back from a 10-month deployment.

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MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) -- Someone is dropping more than spare change into the Salvation Army's Red Kettles. Crisp $100 bills were donated at a number of Cocoa Beach, Florida, area locations, totaling nearly 10-grand. Salvation Army officials tell Florida Today they believe the money came from the same person. Amounts in each kettle ranged from $500 to $1,000.

CHRISTIE-COWBOYS

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Jersey guy Chris Christie will be showing more Cowboys love this weekend. The New Jersey governor has never been shy about rooting for the Dallas Cowboys. But his fan devotion has come under fire again, after Christie was seen high-fiving Cowboys owner Jerry Jones during last Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Christie tells Philadelphia sports radio station 94WIP he'll be sitting in Jones' box again this coming Sunday, when Dallas hosts the Indianapolis Colts. Christie says he won't change his team loyalty just to score some political points.

 
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