Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Review Articles: Tennessee Congressional Seats

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December 3, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional team


MADISON, Wisconsin: Tennessee had nine U.S. House seats on the ballot in 2012. All nine incumbents sought re-election on November 6, 2012, and all won re-election in their districts. As a result, the same partisan split was kept in the state.

Here are the candidates who won election in Tennessee.

District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party Alan Woodruff
Republican Party Phil Roe
IndependentKaren Brackett
IndependentMichael Salyer
Green PartyRobert N Smith
Phil Roe Republican Party Phil Roe No
2nd Democratic Party Troy Goodale
Republican Party John J. Duncan, Jr.
Libertarian Party Greg Samples
IndependentBrandon Stewart
Green PartyNorris Dryer
John J. Duncan, Jr. Republican Party John J. Duncan, Jr. No
3rd Democratic Party Mary Headrick
Republican Party Charles J. Fleischmann
IndependentMatthew Deniston
Charles J. Fleischmann Republican Party Charles J. Fleischmann No
4th Democratic Party Eric Stewart
Republican Party Scott DesJarlais
Scott DesJarlais Republican Party Scott DesJarlais No
5th Democratic PartyJim Cooper
Republican PartyBrad Staats
Green PartyJohn Miglietta
Jim Cooper Democratic PartyJim Cooper No
6th Republican Party Diane Black
Independent Scott Beasley
Green PartyPat Riley
Diane Black Republican Party Diane Black No
7th Democratic Party Credo Amouzouvik
Republican PartyMarsha Blackburn
IndependentWilliam Akin
IndependentJack Arnold
IndependentLenny Ladner
Green PartyHoward Switzer
Marsha Blackburn Republican PartyMarsha Blackburn No
8th Democratic Party Timothy Dixon
Republican Party Stephen Lee Fincher
Independent James Hart
IndependentMark Rawles
Stephen Lee Fincher Republican Party Stephen Lee Fincher No
9th Democratic Party Steve Cohen
Republican Party George Flinn Jr.
IndependentGregory Joiner
IndependentBrian Saulsberry
Steve Cohen Democratic Party Steve Cohen No

Members of the U.S. House from Tennessee -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 2 2
     Republican Party 7 7
Total 9 9

National picture

Both chambers of the United States Congress remain split after the November 6, 2012 election. Democrats increased their majority in the U.S. Senate while cutting into the Republicans majority in the U.S. House. Of the 435 candidates who won election to the U.S. House, 85 of them were challengers, which represents 19.5 percent of U.S. House members. Of those 85, 50 are Democratic and 35 are Republican. A total of 27 incumbents were defeated -- 10 Democratic and 17 Republican.

2012 United States House General Election Results
Party Total Winners Incumbent Winners Defeated Incumbents Incumbent Re-Election Rate** Non-Incumbent Winners
Democratic 201 151 10 93.8% 50
Republican 234 198 17 92.1% 35
TOTALS 435 349 27 92.8% 85
**Note: The incumbent re-election rate is calculated by dividing the total incumbents winners by the total incumbents who appeared on the general election ballot.
U.S. Senate Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 51 53
     Republican Party 47 45
     Independent 2 2
Total 100 100
U.S. House Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 193 201
     Republican Party 242 234
Total 435 435

See also