Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Preview Articles: Tennessee State Legislature

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October 30, 2012

By Ballotpedia's State legislative team

Tennessee's State Legislative Elections in 2012
Senate seats Contested senate seats House seats Contested house seats
16 9 (56.3%) 99 49 (49.5%)

NASHVILLE, Tennessee: There are 115 total legislative seats with 2012 elections in Tennessee, where most polling places are open between 7am and 7pm. All precincts close 8:00pm eastern standard time and 7:00pm central standard time. The polls must be open a minimum of 10 hours and may be open for a maximum of 13 hours. Tennessee is split between Eastern and Central time zones.

Republicans currently hold a 20-13 majority in the Senate. Out of a total of four retirements, three are Democrats and one is a Republican. Of the 99 seats in the House, Republicans hold 64, Democrats hold 34, and one is vacant. Seven Democrats are retiring, as are four Republicans.

Of the 115 incumbents up for election in 2012, 98 (85.2%) of them are running for re-election. A total of 58 of 115 (50.4%) districts will see more than one major party candidate in the general election.

Here are a few races to watch:



Tennessee State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 13 7
     Republican Party 20 26
Total 33 33

Tennessee House of Representatives
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 34 27
     Republican Party 64 71
     Independent 0 1
     Vacancy 1 0
Total 99 99


See also