2010 United States House of Representatives elections in Tennessee

The 2010 congressional elections in Tennessee were held on November 2, 2010 to determine who would represent the state of Tennessee in the United States House of Representatives. Representatives are elected for two-year terms; those elected serve in the 112th Congress from January 2011 until January 2013.

Tennessee has nine seats in the House, apportioned according to the 2000 United States Census.

OverviewEdit

United States House of Representatives elections in Tennessee, 2010[1]
Party Votes Percentage Seats Before Seats After +/–
Republican 955,078 61.2% 4 7 +3
Democratic 541,527 34.7% 5 2 -3
Independent 62,524 4.01% 0 0 0
Totals 1,559,129 100.00% 9 9

By districtEdit

Results of the 2010 United States House of Representatives elections in Tennessee by district:[2]

District Republican Democratic Others Total Result
Votes % Votes % Votes % Votes %
District 1 123,006 80.84% 26,045 17.12% 3,110 2.04% 152,161 100.0% Republican Hold
District 2 141,796 81.78% 25,400 14.65% 6,184 3.57% 173,380 100.0% Republican Hold
District 3 92,032 56.79% 45,387 28.01% 24,637 15.20% 162,056 100.0% Republican Hold
District 4 103,969 57.07% 70,254 38.56% 7,968 4.37% 182,191 100.0% Republican Gain
District 5 74,204 42.07% 99,162 56.23% 2,996 1.70% 176,362 100.0% Democratic Hold
District 6 128,517 67.26% 56,145 29.38% 6,422 3.36% 191,084 100.0% Republican Gain
District 7 158,916 72.37% 54,347 24.75% 6,320 2.88% 219,583 100.0% Republican Hold
District 8 98,759 58.99% 64,960 38.80% 3,686 2.20% 167,405 100.0% Republican Gain
District 9 33,879 25.11% 99,827 74.00% 1,201 0.89% 134,907 100.0% Democratic Hold
Total 955,078 61.26% 541,527 34.73% 62,524 4.01% 1,559,129 100.0%

Congressional districtsEdit

District 1Edit

This district covers northeast Tennessee, including all of Carter, Cocke, Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, and Washington counties and parts of Jefferson County and Sevier County. It had been represented by Republican Phil Roe since 2009. The winner of the GOP primary was all but assured of representing the district in Congress as this is one of the safest seats for the GOP; it had held the seat continuously since 1881 and, since prior to the Civil War, the GOP or its predecessors had held the seat for all but four years.

Democratic primaryEdit

  • Michael Clark
Democratic primary results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Michael Clark 9,012 100.0
Total votes 9,012 100.0

Republican primaryEdit

  • Phil Roe, incumbent
  • Mahmood "Michael" Sabri
Republican primary results[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Phil Roe (incumbent) 78,862 95.7
Republican Mahmood "Michael" Sabri 3,546 4.3
Total votes 82,408 100.0

General electionEdit

Tennessee's 1st congressional district, 2010[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Phil Roe (incumbent) 123,006 80.84
Democratic Michael Clark 26,045 17.12
Independent Kermit Steck 3,110 2.04
Total votes 152,161 100.0
Republican hold

District 2Edit

This district lies in the east central part of the state, based in Knoxville and is largely coextensive with that city's metropolitan area. It had been represented by Republican Jimmy Duncan since November, 1988. The winner of the GOP primary was all but assured of representing the district in Congress as this was one of the safest seats for the GOP (even safer than the neighboring First District); the GOP or its predecessors had held the seat continuously since prior to the Civil War.

Democratic primaryEdit

  • Dave Hancock
Democratic primary results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Dave Hancock 9,778 100.0
Total votes 9,778 100.0

Republican primaryEdit

Republican primary results[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jimmy Duncan (incumbent) 92,414 100.0
Total votes 92,414 100.0

General electionEdit

Tennessee's 2nd congressional district, 2010[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jimmy Duncan (incumbent) 141,796 81.78
Democratic Dave Hancock 25,400 14.65
Independent Joseph R. Leinweber Jr. 2,497 1.44
Independent D.H. "Andy" Andrew 1,993 1.15
Independent Greg Samples 1,185 0.68
Independent H. James Headings 509 0.30
Total votes 173,380 100.0
Republican hold

District 3Edit

Republican Representative Zach Wamp announced that he would be running for governor in 2010, leaving the third district open.[6]

Democratic primaryEdit

  • Alicia Mitchell
  • Brenda Freeman Short
  • Brent Davis Staton
  • John Wolfe Jr., attorney and perennial candidate
  • Larry J. Abeare, Sr (write-in)
Democratic primary results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John Wolfe Jr. 7,006 38.92
Democratic Brenda Freeman Short 4,530 25.17
Democratic Brent Davis Staton 4,530 21.19
Democratic Alicia Mitchell 2,647 14.71
Democratic Larry J. Abeare, Sr. (write-in) 3 0.01
Total votes 18,000 100.0

Republican primaryEdit

  • Tommy Crangle
  • Chuck Fleischmann, attorney
  • Tim Gobble
  • Harvey Howard
  • Jean Howard-Hill
  • Van Irion
  • Rick Kernea
  • Basil Marceaux, perennial candidate
  • Art Rhodes
  • Robin Smith, former TNGOP Chairwoman[7]
  • Grover Travillian
Republican primary results[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Chuck Fleischmann 26,869 29.67
Republican Robin Smith 25,454 28.11
Republican Tim Gobble 14,274 15.76
Republican Van Irion 10,492 11.59
Republican Tommy Crangle 5,149 5.69
Republican Art Rhodes 4,552 5.03
Republican Jean Howard-Hill 1,259 1.39
Republican Rick Kernea 739 0.82
Republican Harvey Howard 670 0.74
Republican Basil Marceaux 655 0.72
Republican Grover Travillian 440 0.48
Total votes 90,553 100.0

General electionEdit

Tennessee's 3rd congressional district, 2010[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Chuck Fleischmann 92,032 56.79
Democratic John Wolfe Jr. 45,387 28.01
Independent Savas T. Kyriakidis 17,077 10.54
Independent Mark DeVol 5,773 3.56
Independent Don Barkman 811 0.50
Independent Gregory C. Goodwin 380 0.23
Independent Robert Humphries 380 0.23
Independent Mo Kiah 216 0.14
Total votes 162,056 100.0
Republican hold

District 4*Edit

Democratic incumbent Lincoln Davis ran for reelection, challenged by Republican nominee Scott DesJarlais, a physician in Jasper, and Independents Paul H. Curtis (PVS), James Gray (campaign site, PVS), Richard S. Johnson (PVS), and Gerald York (campaign site, PVS).

Davis had represented the district since 2003. He turned down a run for governor, deciding to run for reelection instead.[8]

This district lies in Middle and East Tennessee.

Scott DesJarlais (R) won the election.

District 5Edit

This district lies in Middle Tennessee, including almost all of Davidson County, half of Wilson County, and half of Cheatham County. Nearly two-thirds of the district's voting population lives in Nashville. It had been represented by Democrat Jim Cooper since 2003.

Jim Cooper (D) won reelection.

District 6Edit

This district lies in Middle Tennessee, including all of Bedford, Cannon, Clay, DeKalb, Jackson, Macon, Marshall, Overton, Putnam, Robertson, Rutherford, Smith, Sumner, and Trousdale Counties, as well as a portion of Wilson County. It had been represented by Democrat Bart Gordon since 1985. Gordon announced on December 14, 2009 that he would not be seeking another term, leaving the sixth district open.[8]

State Senator Jim Tracy, State Senator Diane Black, Rutherford County Republican Chairwoman Lou Ann Zelenik, United States Army Reserve Major General Dave Evans, realtor Gary Mann, and businessman Kerry Roberts ran for the Republican nomination.[9] Democratic candidates included lawyer and Iraq veteran Brett Carter, aviation safety inspector George Erdel, ex-marine Ben Leming, Henry Barry, and Devora Butler.

The nominees were Brett Carter (D) and Diane Black (R).

Diane Black (R) won the election.

District 7Edit

This district lies in Middle and southwestern Tennessee, connecting suburbs of Memphis and Nashville. It had been represented by Republican Marsha Blackburn since 2003. She faced a challenge from Austin Peay University professor and Democrat Dr. Greg Rabidoux.[10]

Marsha Blackburn (R) won reelection.

District 8*Edit

Democratic incumbent John S. Tanner, who had represented the district since 1989, announced his retirement in December 2009 leaving the eighth district open.[8]

Steve Fincher was the Republican nominee,[11] and State Senator Roy Herron was the Democratic nominee.[12] Also on the ballot are Tea Party candidate Donn Janes (campaign site, PVS), who earlier dropped out of the Republican primary, and Independent Mark J. Rawles (campaign site, PVS).[13]

This district covers roughly the northwestern part of the state.

Stephen Fincher (R) won the election.

EndorsementsEdit

Herron had been endorsed by the state's two largest newspapers, the Memphis Commercial Appeal[14] and the Nashville Tennessean.[15]

Fincher had been endorsed by former Governor Winfield Dunn, Citizens United, Eagle Forum, Family Research Council, Concerned Women for America, and State Senator Dolores Gresham.[16]

ForecastsEdit

As of October 22, 2010, Rothenberg Political Report rated the race as "Lean Republican",[17] Real Clear Politics as "Leans GOP".[18] Charlie Cook as "Lean Republican",[19] CQ Politics as "Likely Republican",[20] Larry Sabato as "Likely R",[21] and Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post placed the race at number 23 of the races most likely to change party hands.[22]

District 8 has a PVI of R+13. In the 2008 presidential election, Republican U.S. Senator John McCain carried the district with 56% of the vote.[23]

PollingEdit

Poll Source Dates Administered Stephen Fincher (R) Roy Herron (D) Donn Janes (I) Undecided
Memphisnewsblog.com August 10–11, 2010 47% 37% 5% 11%

District 9Edit

This district lies in southwestern Tennessee, located entirely within Shelby County and including most of the city of Memphis. It had been represented by Democrat Steve Cohen since 2007. The Republicans nominated Charlotte Bergmann, who owns a Memphis-based marketing firm, Effective PMP, LLC.

Steve Cohen (D) won reelection.

KeyEdit

* A district that has a PVI of a party that is represented by the opposite party, and applies to an EVEN score

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/index.aspx
  2. ^ Haas, Karen L. (June 3, 2011). "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010". Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "DemUSHouseCounty" (PDF). State of Tennessee, August 5, 2010, Democratic Primary. Tennessee Secretary of State. August 5, 2010. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  4. ^ a b c "RepUSHouseCounty" (PDF). State of Tennessee, August 5, 2010, Republican Primary. Tennessee Secretary of State. August 5, 2010. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  5. ^ a b c "USHCounty" (PDF). State of Tennessee, November 2, 2010, State General. Tennessee Secretary of State. November 2, 2010. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  6. ^ "Tennessee: Wamp touts poll saying he's top GOP pick for governor | Chattanooga Times Free Press". Timesfreepress.com. Archived from the original on 2010-08-23. Retrieved 2010-08-21.
  7. ^ Isenstadt, Alex (July 27, 2009). "Divisive Tennesseean seeks seat". Politico. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  8. ^ a b c John McArdle (2009-12-22). "Rating Change Signifies Challenge to Tenn.'s Davis". CQ Politics. Archived from the original on 2009-12-26. Retrieved 2009-12-23.
  9. ^ McArdle, John (2009-12-14). "Tracy to Enter Race to Replace Gordon - The Eye (CQ Politics)". Blogs.cqpolitics.com. Archived from the original on 2010-02-16. Retrieved 2010-08-21.
  10. ^ "Dr. Greg Rabidoux files for U.S. 7th Congressional District » Clarksville, TN Online". Clarksvilleonline.com. 2009-06-04. Retrieved 2010-08-21.
  11. ^ Locker, Richard. "Jackson, Tenn., doctor weighing run for Congress". The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved 2010-08-21.
  12. ^ [1][dead link]
  13. ^ "Donn Janes Announces He Will Run as a Tea Party Candidate; Pulls Out of Republican Party Primary". Marketwire.com. Retrieved 2010-08-21.
  14. ^ "Editorial: Herron ready for Washington". Memphis Commercial Appeal. October 12, 2010. Retrieved October 12, 2010.
  15. ^ "Herron targets jobs, broadband and infrastructure". Nashville Tennessean. October 11, 2010. Retrieved October 11, 2010.
  16. ^ http://stephenfincher.org/endorse/
  17. ^ Rothenberg Political Report
  18. ^ Real Clear Politics
  19. ^ "Charlie Cook Political Report". Archived from the original on 2008-07-02. Retrieved 2008-07-02.
  20. ^ "CQ Politics". Archived from the original on 2009-02-24. Retrieved 2010-08-21.
  21. ^ Wood, Issac. House Race Changes, Sabato's Crystal Ball
  22. ^ Cillizza, Chris.The Fix 50: The Battle for House control, Washington Post
  23. ^ "Tennessee - 8th District". CQ Politics. Archived from the original on July 28, 2012. Retrieved Sep 14, 2010.

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