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Conservative Ranking


Tennessee is the 19th most conservative state, voting 11.8% more Republican in the 2004 presidential elections than the national average.

Partisan Trend


Based on voting patterns since 1992, Tennessee is trending REPUBLICAN.

GOP Trend Ranking


Tennessee ranks 9th among the 50 states.
 
Presidential Race

Race for the White House


GOP Candidates
  • John McCain - U. S. Senator from Arizona  
  • Mike Huckabee - Former Governor of Arkansas
  • Ron Paul - U. S. Congressman from Texas (CD-14)
  • Mitt Romney - Former Governor of Massachusetts
  • Rudy Giuliani - Former Mayor of New York City
  • Fred Thompson - Former U. S. Senator from Tennessee
  • Duncan Hunter - U. S. Congressman from California (CD-52)

    DEM Candidates

  • Barack Obama - U. S. Senator from Illinois  
  • Hillary Clinton - U. S. Senator from New York
  • Mike Gravel - Former U. S. Senator from Alaska
  • John Edwards - Former U. S. Senator from North Carolina
  • Bill Richardson - Governor of New Mexico
  • Dennis Kucinich - U. S. Congressman from Ohio (CD-10)

    Party nominee -

  •  

    Senate Race
    Incumbent:  GOP incumbent Lamar Alexander is seeking a second term in 2008.  He faced no primary opposition.

    GOP Candidates

  • Lamar Alexander - Incumbent  

    DEM Candidates

  • Robert Tuke - Former Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman  
  • Mike Padgett - Former Knox County Clerk
  • Mark Clayton
  • Gary Davis - Former Candidate
  • Charles Jackson
  • Leonard Ladner
  • Kenneth Eaton

    Party nominee -

  •  
    Governor's Race
    No race in 2008
     
    Competitive House Races
    No competitive races in 2008
     
    Other House Races
    Projected winner listed first
  • District 1:  OPEN: Phil Roe (R) vs. Rob Russell (D)
  • District 2:  John Duncan, Jr. (R)-inc vs. Robert Scott (D)
  • District 3:  Zach Wamp (R)-inc vs. Doug Vandagriff (D)
  • District 4:  Lincoln Davis (D)-inc vs. Monty Lankford (R)
  • District 5:  Jim Cooper (D)-inc vs. Gerald Donovan (R)
  • District 6:  Bart Gordon (D)-inc vs. Steven Edmondson (R)
  • District 7:  Marsha Blackburn (R)-inc vs. Randy Morris (D)
  • District 8:  John Tanner (D)-inc  (unopposed)
  • District 9:  Steve Cohen (D)-inc  (unopposed)
  •  
    Additional Information

    Election Timeline


  • February 5, 2008 - Presidential primary
  • April 3, 2008 - Deadline to file for candidacy
  • August 7, 2008 - Primary elections
  • November 4, 2008 - Election day
  • Current Partisan Breakdown


     
    National Delegation
      Senators 2 GOP
      Representatives 4 GOP, 5 DEM
    State Government
      Governor DEM
      State Senate 16 GOP, 16 DEM, 1 IND
      State House - DEM control 46 GOP, 52 DEM, 1 vacant

    Current Office Holders


  • Governor:  Phil Bredesen (D) - 1st term, term-limited in 2010
  • Senior Senator:  Lamar Alexander (R) - 1st term, up for re-election in 2008
  • Junior Senator:  Bob Corker (R) - 1st term, up for re-election in 2012
  • House District 1:  David Davis (R) - 1st term (defeated in primary)
  • House District 2:  John Duncan (R) - 11th term
  • House District 3:  Zach Wamp (R) - 7th term
  • House District 4:  Lincoln Davis (D) - 3rd term
  • House District 5:  Jim Cooper (D) - 3rd term
  • House District 6:  Bart Gordon (D) - 12th term
  • House District 7:  Marsha Blackburn (R) - 3rd term
  • House District 8:  John Tanner (D) - 10th term
  • House District 9:  Steve Cohen (D) - 1st term

    Historical Partisan Snapshot


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      Race 2000 Result 2002 Result 2004 Result 2006 Result

    President Weak GOP -- Strong GOP --

    Senate
    Class 1 Solid GOP -- -- Weak GOP
    Class 2 -- Strong GOP -- --

    Governor -- Weak Dem -- Solid DEM

    House 5 GOP - 4 DEM 4 GOP - 5 DEM 4 GOP - 5 DEM 4 GOP - 5 DEM
    CD-1 Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP
    CD-2 Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP
    CD-3 Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP
    CD-4 Solid GOP Mod DEM Strong DEM Solid DEM
    CD-5 Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM
    CD-6 Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM
    CD-7 Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP
    CD-8 Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM
    CD-9 Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM

    BOLD - party turnover
    Race ratings:
  • "Weak" - less than 5%
  • "Mod" - 5% to less than 10%
  • "Strong" - 10% to 15%
  • "Solid" - greater than 15%
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    Tenessee Race Tracking
    President
    John McCain
    vs
    Barack Obama
    Projected Winner
    Senate
    Lamar Alexander - inc
    vs
    Robert Tuke
    Projected Winner
    Governor
    No race
    House
    No competitive races
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