Tennessee's 7th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Tennessee's 7th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 2, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Marsha Blackburn Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Marsha Blackburn Republican Party
Marsha Blackburn.jpg

Tennessee U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 7th Congressional District of Tennessee held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Marsha Blackburn 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. Marsha Blackburn (R), who assumed office in 2003.

This was the first election which used new district maps based on 2010 Census data. The seventh district is located in the southwestern and middle regions of Tennessee. It borders the states of Kentucky in the north and Missouri and Alabama in the south. The district also includes portions of Nashville, Memphis and Collierville. Montgomery, Stewart, Houston, Humphreys, Benton, Perry, Hickman, Williamson, Lewis, Maury, Giles, Lawrence, Wayne, Hardin, McNairy, Chester, Henderson, and Hardeman counties are included in the district.

This was the 7th Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.


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General election candidates

Democratic Party Credo Amouzouvik
Republican Party Marsha Blackburn Green check mark transparent.png
Independent William Akin
Independent Jack Arnold
Independent Lenny Ladner
Green Party Howard Switzer

August 2, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Independent Independents

Note: Chris Martin did not appear on the primary ballot.[3]

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Tennessee District 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Credo Amouzouvik 24% 61,679
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMarsha Blackburn Incumbent 71% 182,730
     Green Howard Switzer 1.8% 4,640
     Independent William Akin 1.1% 2,740
     Independent Jack Arnold 1.7% 4,256
     Independent Lenny Ladner 0.5% 1,261
Total Votes 257,306
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 7th District became less Republican because of redistricting.[4]

  • 2012: 33D / 67R
  • 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 7th Congressional District had a PVI of R+13, which was the 69th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 63-37 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 61-39 percent over John Kerry (D).[5]

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.

Marsha Blackburn

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Blackburn's reports.[6]

Marsha Blackburn (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[7]April 15, 2012$1,249,975.64$146,353.25$(117,627.46)$1,278,701.43
July Quarterly[8]July 15, 2012$1,278,701.43$269,113.24$(325,944.35)$1,221,870.32
Running totals

Jack Arnold

Jack Arnold (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[9]April 15, 2012$1,330.27$4,502.20$(4,571.36)$1,259.11
July Quarterly[10]July 15, 2012$1,330.27$4,502.20$(4,571.36)$1,259.11
Running totals

Credo Amouzouvik

As of August 10, 2012, Amouzouvik did not have any contribution reports on file with the Federal Election Commission.

District History


On November 2, 2010, Blackburn won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. She defeated Greg Rabidoux and J.W. "Bill" Stone in the general election.[11]

U.S. House of Representatives, Tennessee Congressional District 7 Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMarsha Blackburn Incumbent 72.4% 158,916
     Democratic Greg Rabidoux 24.8% 54,347
     Independent J.W. "Bill" Stone 2.9% 6,320
Total Votes 219,583

See also