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The latest reminder that it’s really, really hard to kick lawmakers out of office

August 05, 2016

By Amber Phillips
The Washington Post

An anti-abortion lawmaker who, for four years, has been plagued by revelations he pressured his ex-wife to have an abortion just won yet another primary — and looks prepared to win a fourth term in Congress. In a week when we saw a tea party leader lose his job in Kansas— and in a cycle where we’re watching for any Donald Trump-like drag on Senate, House and other down-ballot races — the win by Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.) provided a reminder that it’s really, really hard to kick out an incumbent in politics.