Congressman Scott DesJarlais holds a 38-vote lead over State Senator Jim Tracy. Most of the provisional ballots are in from the district's 16 counties, with only 14 of those ballots counted. Counties in the district have until August 25th to certify election results. Rutherford County is set to certify theirs at a meeting scheduled for today (Monday) at 4:30pm.
Once the elections are certified, a candidate would have five days to challenge the outcome to the Tennessee Division of Elections. A contested election's results would go before them to consider arguments from both candidates before a final decision is made. The winner of this race is awaiting Democrat Lenda Sherrell in the November 4th state general election.