Tennessee's 6th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Tennessee's 6th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 2, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Diane Black Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Diane Black Republican Party
Diane Black.jpg

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

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

Diane Black 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. Diane Black (R), who assumed office in 2011.

This was the first election which used new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Tennessee's 6th Congressional District is located in the northern and north-central portion of the state and includes Pickett, Frentress, Cumberland, White, DeKalb, Cannon, Coffee, Wilson, Smith, Jackson, Overton, Clay, Putnam, Trousdale, Macon, Sumner, and Robertson counties.[3]

This was the 6th Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.


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General election candidates

Republican Party Diane Black Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Scott Beasley
Green Party Pat Riley

August 2, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

  • No candidates declared an intent to run.

Republican Party Republican Primary


Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Tennessee District 6 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDiane Black Incumbent 76.4% 184,383
     Green Pat Riley 9% 21,633
     Independent Scott Beasley 14.4% 34,766
     Write-In N/A 0.2% 459
Total Votes 241,241
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 6th District became more Republican because of redistricting.[5]

  • 2012: 30D / 70R
  • 2010: 34D / 66R

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 6th Congressional District had a PVI of R+15, which was the 53rd most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 66-34 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 61-39 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.

Diane Black

Diane Black (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[7]April 15, 2012$545,750.19$257,748.32$(84,508.47)$718,990.04
July Quarterly[8]July 15, 2012$718,990.04$503,544.00$(377,710.95)$844,823.09
Running totals

Scott Beasley

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

District History


On November 2, 2010, Black won election to the United States House of Representatives. She defeated Brett Carter in the general election.[9]

U.S. House of Representatives, Tennessee Congressional District 6 Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDiane Black 69.6% 128,517
     Democratic Brett Carter 30.4% 56,145
Total Votes 184,662

See also