Crazy Race - 08/11/14
Four days after the primary election... and one race is still too close to call. All eyes are on the DesJarlais - Tracy race for U.S. Congress. Even so, both candidates are declaring victory. No one is conceding.
Boy has this been an interesting one.... especially with the scandal that continues to cast a shadow on Dr. DesJarlais. He's the doctor who admitted in court transcripts to having no less than 8 affairs and using a gun to scare his first wife. The pro life candidate also admitted under oath to asking one of his many lovers to get an abortion when she became pregnant with his child. The Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners reprimanded the doctor for having sex with patients. It's against state rules for a licensed doctor to do this.
Right now, there are just 35 votes separating State Sen. Jim Tracy and Dr. DesJarlais and so the physician turned congressman has lawyered up to defend his lead. He says he's prepping in the event Tracy challenges the race.
This is a process that could drag on for weeks. Right now provisional votes are being counted and this could sway that 35 vote difference.
So many political pundits were sure there was no way DesJarlais could weather his self-made scandal and emerge to serve another term.
The take away? Every vote counts, regardless of which candidate you support. If you didn't want Jim Tracy to win, then you're probably happy with the unofficial 35 vote lead. But, if you did want him to win and had any concerns about DesJarlais' character and his ability to serve you in Congress----- did you go to the polls and do your part? If not, why not? You could be one of the 35 who potentially threw this race. We're talking less than three dozen.
See this earlier blog on our civic duty to VOTE. It's a privilege thousands of others would love to have.