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Should Vitter's Loss Worry Scandal-Plagued Lawmakers?

Vitter suffered his first political loss this past weekend. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

David Vitter thought he was a survivor.  

He won re-election by 20 points in 2010, 3 1/2 years after his prostitution scandal came to light. It was hard to imagine the scandal coming back to bite him. But six years later, it ended his political career .  

Incumbency Isn't Always an Advantage in Fundraising

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In Illinois, 8th District Rep. Tammy Duckworth has raised more than vulnerable GOP Sen. Mark S. Kirk and fellow Democrat Andrea Zopp. Duckworth hauled in $1.46 million to Kirk’s $1.05 million. She ended the period with $2.8 million on hand, compared to Kirk’s $3.62 million.

The biggest surprise came in Arkansas' safe Republican Senate seat. Less than a month after launching his campaign, wealthy former U.S. attorney Conner Eldridge  reportedly raised $403,000 to Sen. John Boozman’s $359,000. Boozman, however, still holds the cash advantage with $1.12 million in the bank. Because House candidates generally raise less money than their upper chamber peers, it’s less unusual for them to out-raise incumbents.  

Planned Parenthood Gives DesJarlais Challenger an Opening

DesJarlais, shown practicing for a football game between members of Congress and Capitol Police, again faces a primary challenge. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Grant Starrett, 27, doesn't think Rep. Scott DesJarlais has been conservative enough for Tennessee's 4th District. DesJarlais thinks his voting record speaks for itself. "If he wants to run to the right, there’s not much room," the Republican lawmaker told CQ Roll Call last week.  

But there is room on one issue.  

DesJarlais Wins by 38 Votes, Jim Tracy Concedes (Video)

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Rep. Scott DesJarlais has officially won his primary, barely squeaking past state Sen. Jim Tracy, who conceded Monday after more than two tense weeks following Tennessee's Republican primary in the 4th District.  

"A contest would not be the right thing for the Republican party and the conservative cause in Tennessee," Tracy said in a statement detailing why he decided not to contest the results.  

With DesJarlais Up 35 Votes, What's Next in Tennessee Primary?

DesJarlais, right, is still awaiting votes. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Tennessee Rep. Scott DesJarlais held a 35-vote lead  over his GOP primary challenger, state Sen. Jim Tracy, as of Friday afternoon, nearly 24 hours after polls closed in the 4th District.  

The vote tally fluctuated a bit Friday morning, but Republican operatives and election administrators pointed to close-of-business Monday as the next big ballot counting deadline.  

Tennessee Primary Results: Fleischmann Squeaks By; DesJarlais Race Still Close

DesJarlais faced a big challenge. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated: 11:00 a.m. | It was a night of small margins in Tennessee Thursday with one House Republican narrowly defeating his primary challenger and another clinging to a 33-vote lead headed into Friday morning.  

The Associated Press called the race for Rep. Chuck Fleischmann with 98 percent of precincts reporting in Tennessee's 3rd District. Fleischmann garnered 50.8 percent of the vote against venture capitalist Weston Wamp, the son of former Rep. Zach Wamp.  

Tennessee Primary: Tea Party's Last Chance

Alexander is favored to prevail in his primary Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Tennessee Republicans head to the polls Thursday to decide the fate of Sen. Lamar Alexander, marking the last chance for tea-party-aligned conservatives to oust an incumbent senator in a primary.  

It will likely be an anticlimactic finish to the primary season in a cycle that featured several potentially vulnerable incumbents, who all swatted away challenges from their right. The second-term senator is favored to prevail against state Rep. Joe Carr, a Republican boosted by conservative radio personalities such as Laura Ingraham and Mark Levin. Carr has little money left, and unlike some of his fellow challengers in other states, outside groups were not generous to him.  

Scott DesJarlais' Re-Election Hopes Rise, Despite Abortion Scandal (Video)

Scott DesJarlais practices ahead of the congressional football game. (Tom Williams/Roll Call File Photo)

Two years is a lifetime in politics. Just ask Rep. Scott DesJarlais.  

GOP operatives had all but written off the Tennessee Republican . In October 2012, it was revealed the anti-abortion rights physician had encouraged an ex-wife to have two abortions prior to their marriage and had carried on multiple affairs with patients and co-workers  — an infraction for which he was fined $500 by a medical board. It was too late for DesJarlais to face a serious challenge that cycle, but he soon became one of 2014's most vulnerable House members . As  DesJarlais' campaign cash flow  dried up, he faced a formidable foe: state Sen. Jim Tracy. Until recently, Tennessee Republicans expected Tracy, a longtime state politician, to cruise past DesJarlais in the Aug. 7 primary. But in the final days of the race, DesJarlais is in a better position than Republicans ever anticipated.  

GOP Congressman's Abortion Scandal Broadcast in New TV Ad

DesJarlais is a Republican from Tennessee. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Scott DesJarlais, the Tennessee Republican who came under fire in 2012 after unearthed divorce proceedings revealed he encouraged an ex-wife to have two abortions , is contending with the scandal again, days out from the Volunteer State primary.  

State Sen. Jim Tracy, the top Republican challenging DesJarlais in the Aug. 7 GOP primary in the 4th District, is airing a scathing ad in the final two weeks of the contest. It's on the airwaves during the pivotal early voting period, which began July 18 and runs through Aug. 2.  

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