Rep. Joe Carr announces he will run for Congress

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) – State Rep. Joe Carr of
Murfreesboro is joining the race to oust embattled U.S. Rep. Scott
DesJarlais in next year's Republican primary.

Carr joins state Sen. Jim Tracy of Shelbyville, who declared his candidacy in January.

DesJarlais, a Jasper physician, has struggled to
raise money since winning re-election last year amid revelations he
dated patients and once advised a mistress to seek an abortion.

Carr, whose exploratory committee raised about
$200,000 in the first quarter of the year, said his campaign will focus
on an opposition to President Barack Obama's health care law and support
for gun rights and tighter enforcement of immigration laws.

Tracy's campaign disclosures filed with the Federal
Election Commission last month said he raised more than $436,485 in the
first quarter, and DesJarlais reported raising $104,532.

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