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4th Congressional District race still too close to call


Both candidates in the 4th Congressional District race claimed victory on Thursday night, but the race is still too close to call.

A clear winner has still not been declared between Republican candidates Rep. Scott DesJarlais and challenger Jim Tracy.

Unofficial results for the primary race showed DesJarlais was ahead by about 35 votes on Thursday night.

But before that report came in, Tracy had already declared himself the winner.

"One person doesn't win a campaign. It takes all of us working together, and together, we won tonight," said Tracy on Thursday night.

DesJarlais' camp stayed quiet, waiting on Grundy County, and then, they, too, delivered a victory speech after the secretary of state confirmed they had the most votes around 11:30 p.m.

"There were times the odds seemed insurmountable, but we never gave up. We kept doing our jobs in hope that the people would reward the good performance in Washington, and it looks like that's what they've done," said DesJarlais on Thursday night.

In a late twist Friday morning, results from The Associated Press showed Tracy was winning by two votes.

Election officials say those numbers are incorrect because there were errors in reporting from Maury County. They say the numbers on the state website are still correct, meaning DesJarlais has a 35-vote lead.

Tracy back peddled a bit Friday, posting a message to Facebook that he is eagerly awaiting a final outcome once the counting is complete and verified. That process could take weeks.

State election law says the election results must be certified no later than the third Monday after the election, which is Aug. 25. Provisional ballots have yet to be validated and counted toward Thursday's vote.

As soon as results are certified by all counties, a candidate has five days to challenge the results.

Stay with Channel 4 for the latest developments in this race.

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