Scoping Out a Political Race

State Sen. Jim Tracy has said he is running against abortion-recommending Congressman Scott DesJarlais in the Republican primary in 2014. Not so coincidentally, Tracy has introduced an anti-abortion bill that requires women to undergo an ultrasound before getting the procedure, an invasive test passed in other states by anti-abortion legislators. The bill is a template of anti-abortion legislation being passed around nationwide.

DesJarlais has been revealed in court records to have urged an abortion on a former patient with whom he had an affair.

But state Rep. Joe Carr has also announced he is running in the Republican primary, thus splitting the anti-DeJarlais vote.

Also, in the latest ratings of the Tennessee delegation by the anti-abortion group Family Action Council, DesJarlais still has a 66 percent voting approval rating. By comparison, that is twice as high as conservative Democratic Congressman Jim Cooper of Nashville.