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Gordon Ball
Former candidate for
U.S. Senate, Tennessee
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sEast Tennessee State University
J.D.Memphis State University
Campaign website
Gordon Ball was a 2014 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. Senate from Tennessee.[1] Ball defeated Larry Crim, Gary Davis and Terry Adams in the Democratic primary.[2] Gordon Ball lost the general election on November 4, 2014.


Ball earned a B.S. from East Tennessee State University in 1970 and earned his J.D. from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at Memphis State University in 1974. He has been practicing law since 1975.[3]



According to, "Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Gordon Ball appears to have plagiarized nearly every word on his issues pages from a vast array of politicians including West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan, and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren."[4]

In response to the accusation Ball said, "I had no idea that this material was cut and pasted on my website from other sources."[4]



See also: United States Senate elections in Tennessee, 2014

Ball ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Tennessee. Ball defeated Larry Crim, Gary Davis and Terry Adams in the Democratic primary.[2] Gordon Ball lost the general election on November 4, 2014.

Election results

General election
U.S. Senate, Tennessee General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLamar Alexander Incumbent 61.9% 849,629
     Democratic Gordon Ball 31.8% 437,251
     Independent Ed Gauthier 0.2% 2,311
     Independent Bartholomew Phillips 0.2% 2,380
     Independent C. Salekin 0.1% 784
     Independent Danny Page 0.6% 7,710
     Independent Eric Schechter 0.1% 1,668
     Constitution Joe Wilmoth 2.6% 36,063
     Independent Joshua James 0.4% 5,672
     Independent Rick Tyler 0.4% 5,753
     Tea Party Tom Emerson, Jr. 0.8% 11,149
     Green Martin Pleasant 0.9% 12,536
Total Votes 1,372,906
Source: Tennessee Secretary of State Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.
Democratic primary
U.S. Senate, Tennessee Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGordon Ball 36.5% 87,665
Terry Adams 35.6% 85,528
Gary Davis 17.6% 42,278
Larry Crim 10.3% 24,778
Total Votes 240,249
Source: Results via Associated Press


General Election
Poll Lamar Alexander Gordon BallOtherUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
September 20 - October 1, 2014
August 18 - September 2, 2014
Rasmussen Reports
August 11-12, 2014
AVERAGES 49% 32% 7.33% 11.67% +/-4 937.67
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to


Gordon Ball's June 2014 ad, "Why Gordon Ball is running for Senate."

Gordon Ball's July 2014 ad, "Working for Tennessee."

Gordon Ball's October 2014 ad, "Same Old Song and Dance."
  • The narrator in "Why Gordon Ball is running for Senate" said that Ball will "stand up for the working poor and middle class."
  • The narrator in "Working for Tennessee" agued that politicians in Washington are only fighting for their own jobs. In addition, the narrator said that Ball has promised to stand up for the middle class.
  • The narrator in "Same Old Song and Dance" argued that Alexander is "out of tune" with what Tennessee needs.

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