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The election is nearly two years away, but opponents are already stepping out to challenge Congressman Scott DesJarlais.
Recent scandals have put the incumbent on shaky ground, and the challenge is coming from within his own party.
It's not often you see this many campaign signs in January.
In Murfreesboro the race is already heating up in the 4th District, which includes Rutherford, Bedford and Marshall County.
State Senator Jim Tracy is the first to formally announce he will run against fellow Republican Scott DesJarlais.
"Scott DesJarlais has betrayed and deceived his constituents. America's problems are too great to have our leaders preoccupied with their own personal scandals," says State Sen. Jim Tracy.
DesJarlais has made news for having sexual relationships with his patients, numerous extramarital affairs, and asking one of his former girlfriends to have an abortion.
"I think he has lost the effectiveness to govern because of all the personal scandals, and they're very open public scandals," says Sen. Tracy.
It's only January 2nd, very early in this process. Voters won't decide for more than 22 months who they want to represent them in Congress.
"The whole process is a little bit exaggerated by the fact that unfortunately the Congressman has had some trust issues," says State Rep. Joe Carr, R-Rutherford County.
Republican Joe Carr has formed an exploratory committee and may also challenge DesJarlais.
"You know the voters in the 4th District want somebody who is not just strong on family values, and strong on conservative principles, but can articulate and communicate those principles, not just here in the district, but also up in Washington," says Rep. Carr.
A spokesman for DesJarlais released a statement saying, "Right now Congressman DesJarlais is completely focused on the job he was elected to do by residents of the Fourth District."
Meanwhile, candidates in the Fourth District are focused on unseating the incumbent.
Senator Jim Tracy also ran for Congress in 2010, but he was defeated in the primary.
He says he learned a lot from that race, and he plans to begin raising money immediately.
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Wednesday, January 2 2013, 09:59 PM CST
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