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Tennessee State Senate elections, 2014

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Tennessee State Senate elections, 2014

Majority controlQualifications
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State Legislative Election Results

Tennessee State Senate2014 Tennessee House Elections
Elections for the office of Tennessee State Senate will consist of a primary election on August 7, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 3, 2014.

Incumbents retiring

A total of three incumbents are not running for re-election in 2014. Those incumbents are:

Name Party Current Office
Charlotte Burks Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 15
Douglas Henry Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 21
Lowe Finney Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 27

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 4 election, the Republican Party holds the majority in the Tennessee State Senate:

Tennessee State Senate
Party As of April 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 7 Pending
     Republican Party 26 Pending
Total 33 33

Competitiveness

Candidates unopposed by a major party

In 8 (47%) of the 17 districts up for election in 2014, there is only one major party candidate running for election. A total of 9 Republicans are guaranteed election in November barring unforeseen circumstances.

Two major party candidates will face off in the general election in 14 (82.3%) of the 17 districts up for election.

Primary challenges

A total of 7 incumbents will face primary competition on August 7. Three incumbents are not seeking re-election in 2014 and another 8 incumbents will advance past the primary without opposition. The state senators facing primary competition include:

Retiring incumbents

Three incumbent senators did not run for re-election, while 14 (82.4%) of the current 17 incumbents are running for re-election. A list of those incumbents, three Democrats, can be found above.

Qualifications

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To be eligible to serve in the Tennessee State Senate, a candidate must be:[1]

  • A U.S. citizen
  • 30 years old before the general election
  • A three-year resident of Tennessee before the general election
  • A district resident for 1 year prior to the general election
  • A qualified voter
  • The following situations would eliminate a candidate from qualifying for office:
    • Those who have been convicted of offering or giving a bribe, or of larceny, or any other offense declared infamous by law, unless restored to citizenship in the mode pointed out by law;
    • Those against whom there is a judgment unpaid for any moneys received by them, in any official capacity, due to the United States, to this state, or any county thereof;
    • Those who are defaulters to the treasury at the time of the election, and the election of any such person shall be void;
    • Soldiers, seamen, marines, or airmen in the regular army or navy or air force of the United States; and
    • Members of congress, and persons holding any office of profit or trust under any foreign power, other state of the union, or under the United States.

List of candidates

District 1

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party August 7 Republican primary:
  • Steve Southerland - Incumbent Southerland was first elected to the chamber in 2002.

November 4 General election candidates:

District 3

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party August 7 Republican primary:
  • Rusty Crowe - Incumbent Crowe was first elected to the chamber in 1990.

November 4 General election candidates:

District 5

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party August 7 Republican primary:
  • Randy McNally - Incumbent McNally was first elected to the chamber in 1986.

November 4 General election candidates:

District 7

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 7 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

District 9

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party August 7 Republican primary:
  • Mike Bell - Incumbent Bell was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

November 4 General election candidates:

District 11

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party August 7 Republican primary:
  • Bo Watson - Incumbent Watson was first elected to the chamber in 2006.

November 4 General election candidates:

District 13

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party August 7 Republican primary:
  • Bill Ketron - Incumbent Ketron was first elected to the chamber in 2003.

November 4 General election candidates:

District 15

Note: Incumbent Charlotte Burks (D) is not running for re-election.

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 7 Republican primary:
Independent Independent candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

District 17

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party August 7 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

District 19

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 7 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

District 21

Note: Incumbent Douglas Henry (D) is not running for re-election.

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 7 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

District 23

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party August 7 Republican primary:
  • Jack Johnson - Incumbent Johnson was first elected to the chamber in 2006.

November 4 General election candidates:

District 25

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 7 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

District 27

Note: Incumbent Lowe Finney (D) is not running for re-election.

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 7 Republican primary:
Independent Independent candidates:
Constitution Party Constitution candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

District 29

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 7 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

District 31

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party August 7 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

District 33

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 7 Republican primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 4 General election candidates:

See also

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