Tennessee's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

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Tennessee's 2nd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 2, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
John J. Duncan, Jr. Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
John J. Duncan, Jr. Republican Party
John Duncan.jpg

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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2nd Congressional District of Tennessee held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

John J. Duncan, Jr. was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
April 5, 2012
August 2, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Tennessee has an open primary system, in which any registered voter can choose which party's primary to vote in, without having to be a member of that party.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by July 3, 2012. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 8, 2012.[2]

See also: Tennessee elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr. (R), who assumed office in 1988.

This was the first election which used new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Tennessee's 2nd Congressional District is located in the northeastern portion of the state and includes Claiborne, Knox, Jefferson, Blout, and Loudon counties.[3]

This was the 2nd Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.


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General election candidates

Democratic Party Troy Goodale
Republican Party John J. Duncan, Jr. Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Greg Samples
Independent Brandon Stewart
Green Party Norris Dryer

August 2, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian candidate

IndependentIndependent candidate

Note:Paul Joseph Coker[4] did not appear on the primary ballot.

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Tennessee District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Troy Goodale 20.6% 54,522
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn J. Duncan, Jr. Incumbent 74.4% 196,894
     Green Norris Dryer 2.2% 5,733
     Independent Brandon Stewart 1.1% 2,974
     Libertarian Greg Samples 1.7% 4,382
Total Votes 264,505
Source: Tennessee Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Impact of Redistricting

See also Redistricting in Tennessee

District partisanship

FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012 study

See also: FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012

In 2012, FairVote did a study on partisanship in the congressional districts, giving each a percentage ranking (D/R) based on the new 2012 maps and comparing that to the old 2010 maps. Tennessee's 2nd District partisan breakdown did not change because of redistricting.[5]

  • 2012: 31D / 69R
  • 2010: 31D / 69R

Cook Political Report's PVI

See also: Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index

In 2012, Cook Political Report released its updated figures on the Partisan Voter Index, which measured each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. Tennessee's 2nd Congressional District had a PVI of R+16, which was the 38th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 65-35 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 64-36 percent over John Kerry (D).[6]

Campaign contributions

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are candidate reports.

John J. Duncan, Jr

John J. Duncan, Jr. (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[7]April 15, 2012$1,538,035.28$51,594.30$(30,130.85)$1,559,498.73
July Quarterly[8]July 15, 2012$1,556,276.88$53,004.56$(37,679.24)$1,571,602.20
Running totals

Troy Goodale

As of August 8, 2012, Goodale did not have any contribution reports on file with the Federal Election Commission.

District History


On November 2, 2010, Duncan won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Dave Hancock in the general election.[9]

U.S. House of Representatives, Tennessee Congressional District 2 Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJimmy Duncan Incumbent 84.8% 141,796
     Democratic Dave Hancock 15.2% 25,400
Total Votes 167,196

See also