Tennessee's 9th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Tennessee's 9th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 2, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Steve Cohen Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Steve Cohen Democratic Party
Steve Cohen.jpeg

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

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The 9th Congressional District of Tennessee held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Steve Cohen 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. Steve Cohen (D), who assumed office in 2007.

This was the first election which used new district maps based on 2010 Census data. The ninth district is located in the southwest region of Tennessee. It sits entirely in Shelby county and includes the city of Memphis.[3]

This was the 9th Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.


Note: Election results were added on election night as races were called. Vote totals were added after official election results had been certified. For more information about Ballotpedia's election coverage plan, click here. If you find any errors in this list, please email: Geoff Pallay.

General election candidates

Democratic Party Steve Cohen Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party George Flinn Jr.
Independent Gregory Joiner
Independent Brian Saulsberry

August 2, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Independent Independents

Note: Herbert Bass[5] and Thomas Long[6] did not appear on the primary ballot.

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Tennessee District 9 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Cohen Incumbent 75.1% 188,422
     Republican George Flinn Jr. 23.8% 59,742
     Independent Gregory Joiner 0.5% 1,372
     Independent Brian Saulsberry 0.6% 1,448
Total Votes 250,984
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 9th District became more less Democratic because of redistricting.[7]

  • 2012: 73D / 27R
  • 2010: 74D / 26R

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 9th Congressional District had a PVI of D+22, which was the 39th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 77-23 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 70-30 percent over George W. Bush (R).[8]

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.

Steve Cohen

Steve Cohen (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[9]April 15, 2012$934,215.71$147,294.10$(35,237.98)$1,046,271.83
July Quarterly[10]July 15, 2012$1,046,271.83$80,015.00$(185,787.28)$940,499.55
Running totals

George Flinn, Jr.

George Flinn (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]April 15, 2012$5,813.19$761,964.54$(68,685.15)$699,092.58
July Quarterly[12]July 15, 2012$699,092.58$26,830.00$(215,517.52)$510,405.06
Running totals

District History


On November 2, 2010, Cohen won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Charlotte Bergmann in the general election.[13]

U.S. House of Representatives, Tennessee Congressional District 9 Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Charlotte Bergmann 25.3% 33,879
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Cohen Incumbent 74.7% 99,827
Total Votes 133,706

See also