Tennessee's 8th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Tennessee's 8th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 2, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Stephen Lee Fincher Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Stephen Lee Fincher Republican Party
Stephen Fincher.jpg

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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 8th Congressional District of Tennessee held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Stephen Lee Fincher 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. Stephen Lee Fincher (R), who assumed office in 2011.

The eighth district is located in the northwest region of Tennessee, and borders Kentucky, Missouri, and Arkansas. This was the first election which used new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Henry, Carroll, Weakley, Obion, Lake, Dyer, Crockett, Gibson, Madison, Haywood, Lauderdale, Tipton, Fayette, and Shelby counties are included in the district.[3]

This was the 8th Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.


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General election candidates

Democratic Party Timothy Dixon
Republican Party Stephen Lee Fincher Green check mark transparent.png
Independent James Hart
Independent Mark Rawles

August 2, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary


Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Tennessee District 8 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Timothy Dixon 28.4% 79,490
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngStephen Lee Fincher Incumbent 68.3% 190,923
     Independent James Hart 2.2% 6,139
     Independent Mark Rawles 1% 2,870
Total Votes 279,422
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 8th District became more Republican because of redistricting.[5]

  • 2012: 32D / 68R
  • 2010: 40D / 60R

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 measures each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. Tennessee's 8th Congressional District had a PVI of R+15, which was the 45th 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 63-37 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.

Stephen Lee Fincher

Stephen Lee Fincher (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[7]April 15, 2012$1,039,524.12$272,137.12$(78,264.95)$1,233,396.29
July Quarterly[8]July 15, 2012$1,233,396.29$320,447.29$(109,830.44)$1,444,013.14
Running totals

Timothy Dixon

Timothy Dixon (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[9]July 15, 2012$0.00$14,027.75$(10,251.75)$3,776.00
Running totals

James Hart

James Hart (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[10]April 15, 2012$1,447.96$0.36$(77.01)$1,371.31
July Quarterly[11]July 15, 2012$1,371.31$0.34$(38.85)$1,332.80
Running totals

District History


On November 2, 2010, Fincher won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Roy Herron in the general election.[12]

U.S. House of Representatives, Tennessee Congressional District 8 Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngStephen Fincher Incumbent 60.3% 98,759
     Democratic Roy Herron 39.7% 64,960
Total Votes 163,719

See also