United States Senate elections in Tennessee, 2014

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2014 U.S. Senate Elections in Tennessee

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 7, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Pending
Incumbent prior to election:
Lamar Alexander Republican Party
Lamar Alexander.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid Republican[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]


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2014 U.S. House Elections

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Voters in Tennessee will elect one member to the U.S. Senate in the election on November 4, 2014. Despite state Rep. Joe Carr's high-profile endorsements from Sarah Palin and conservative talk-radio host Laura Ingraham, the tea party-backed candidate was unable to defeat incumbent Lamar Alexander, who defeated six challengers in yesterday’s Republican primary.[3][4] Gordon Ball defeated Larry Crim, Gary Davis and Terry Adams in the Democratic primary.[3] Alexander and Ball will face independent candidates Ed Gauthier, Bartholomew Phillips, C. Salekin, Danny Page, Eric Schechter, Joe Wilmoth, Joshua James and Rick Tyler, Tea Party candidate Tom Emerson, Jr. and Green Party candidate Martin Pleasant in the general election. Sabato's Crystal Ball rated the general election "Safe Republican."[5]
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
April 3, 2014
August 7, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Tennessee is one of 14 states that uses an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[6][7][8]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by July 8, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 6, 2014.[9]

See also: Tennessee elections, 2014

Incumbent: The election will fill the Senate seat currently held by Lamar Alexander (R). Alexander was first elected in 2002.

Candidates

General election candidates


August 7, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Withdrew from race

Removed from ballot

Election results

Republican primary

U.S. Senate, Tennessee Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLamar Alexander Incumbent 52.4% 178,552
Joe Carr 37.4% 127,511
George Flinn 5.6% 19,014
Christian Agnew 1.7% 5,736
John King 1.3% 4,432
Brenda Lenard 1.2% 3,956
Erin Magee 0.5% 1,665
Total Votes 340,866
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Democratic primary

U.S. Senate, Tennessee Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGordon Ball 36.5% 85,013
Terry Adams 35.7% 83,226
Gary Davis 17.5% 40,852
Larry Crim 10.3% 24,040
Total Votes 233,131
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Issues

Involvement in Syria

According to a report by The Hill in September 2013, Joe Carr was among four Republican senate candidates who had come out against intervening in Syria, while the incumbent, Lamar Alexander, remained undecided.[13]

Endorsements

Lamar Alexander

Alexander has been endorsed by the following people:

Joe Carr

Carr was endorsed by the following people and organizations:

  • Upon announcing his entry into the race, Carr gained the endorsement of Tea Party Nation. The group's founder, Judson Phillips, said, "A conservative challenger has emerged to take on Lamar Alexander. His name is Joe Carr. We enthusiastically endorse Joe Carr in the Tennessee Republican Senate Primary."[17]
  • Nashville area talk show hosts Ralph Bristol and Michael DelGiorno from radio station 99.7 WTN[18]
  • Anti-Lamar PAC[19]
  • Beat Lamar[19]
  • The Coalition for a Constitutional Senate[19]
  • Laura Ingraham, conservative talk-radio host[20]
  • Sarah Palin[21]
  • Eagle Forum PAC[22]

Polls

Tennessee Republican primary
Poll Lamar Alexander Joe CarrGeorge FlinnOtherUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Red Racing Horses (July 28-30, 2014)
41%29%5%5%20%+/-5.0400
Triton Polling (July 10-11, 2014)
43%36%6.7%4%10.1%+/-2.91,099
AVERAGES 42% 32.5% 5.85% 4.5% 15.05% +/-3.95 749.5
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org
Tennessee Republican primary
Poll Lamar Alexander Joe CarrOtherUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
North Star Opinion Research (May 12-14, 2014)
56%14%8%22%+/-4600
North Star Opinion Research (February 3-6, 2014)
62%17%3%18%+/-4600
Public Policy Polling (December 2-3, 2013)
46%40%0%14%+/-5391
North Star Opinion Research (August 19-22, 2013)
64%22%0%14%+/-4600
AVERAGES 57% 23.25% 2.75% 17% +/-4.25 547.75
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Media

Lamar Alexander


Lamar Alexander's January 2014 TV ad, "Standing Up For Tennessee."
  • In January 2014, Alexander ran his first campaign ad of 2014. The ad featured residents of Tennessee who discussed Alexander's conservative values.

CRES


CRES TV ad: "Maverick."
  • Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions released "Maverick" in support of Alexander. The ad argued that Alexander has helped keep America secure and will continue to do so.

Joe Carr


Joe Carr's 2014 ad, "Crisis in America."

Joe Carr's 2014 ad, "Listens."
  • Joe Carr's ad, "Crisis in America," criticized Alexander for his stance on immigration.
  • Joe Carr's ad, "Listens," accused Alexander of working with Washington insiders, rather than for the people of Tennessee. The narrator said, "Lamar Alexander is listening to Washington, not Tennessee conservatives."

George Flinn


Flinn's 2014 ad, "U.S. Border Protection."

Flinn's 2014 ad, "Seal the Border."
  • Flinn's ad, "U.S. Border Protection," attacked Alexander's record on immigration. Flinn also promised to protect America's borders, if elected.
  • Flinn highlighted the problems associated with "career politicians" in his ad, "Seal the Border." He promised to bring "conservative solutions to problems."

Campaign contributions

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Lamar Alexander

Lamar Alexander (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[23]April 15, 2013$1,010,758.68$1,011,187.37$(216,029.39)$1,805,916.66
July Quarterly[24]July 15, 2013$1,805,916.66$2,039,529.20$(723,012.28)$3,122,433.58
October Quarterly[25]October 15, 2013$3,122,433.58$842,131.03$(1,158,871.38)$2,805,693.23
Year-End[26]January 31, 2014$2,805,693$774,639$(402,356)$3,177,975
April Quarterly[27]April 15, 2014$3,177,975.95$643,440.80$(703,032.63)$3,118,384.17
Running totals
$5,310,927.4$(3,203,301.68)

Joe Carr

Joe Carr (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[28]7/15/2013$0.00$205,479.00$(13,837.71)$191,641.29
July Quarterly[29]7/15/2013$191,641.29$100,225.00$(16,858.01)$275,008.28
October Quarterly[30]10/15/2013$275,008.28$52,276.98$(41,778.03)$285,507.23
Year-End[31]January 31, 2014$285,507$251,173$(131,530)$405,150
Running totals
$609,153.98$(204,003.75)

Danny Page

Danny Page (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[32]November 7, 2013$0$0$(0)$0
Year-End[33]January 30, 2014$0$635$(584)$50
April Quarterly[34]April 2, 2014$50.21$681$(462.72)$292.82
Running totals
$1,316$(1,046.72)

Brenda Lenard

Brenda Lenard (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[35]April 11, 2013$4,250.32$3,106.68$(6,891.64)$465.36
July Quarterly[36]July 15, 2013$465.36$0.00$(0.00)$465.36
October Quarterly[37]October 15, 2013$465.36$1,047.18$(7,339.72)$3,582.82
Running totals
$4,153.86$(14,231.36)

Larry Crim

Larry Crim (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[38]April 11, 2013$2,633.22$0$(1,775.83)$857.39
July Quarterly[39]July 11, 2013$857.39$2,365.00$(3,029.00)$193.39
October Quarterly[40]October 13, 2013$193.39$30,045.00$(12,408.00)$17,830.39
Year-End[41]February 4, 2014$17,830$10,190$(9,185)$18,835
April Quarterly[42]April 12, 2014$18,835.39$11,816.00$(6,748.00)$23,903.39
Running totals
$54,416$(33,145.83)

Ed Gauthier

Ed Gauthier (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[43]January 23, 2014$0$0$(318)$-318
April Quarterly[44]April 1, 2014$0$0$(-340.28)$-340.28
Running totals
$0$(-22.28)

Christian Agnew

Christian Agnew (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[45]April 8, 2014$0$200$(0)$200
Running totals
$200$(0)

Terry Adams

Terry Adams (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[46]January 30, 2014$0.00$23,570.14$(3,117.39)$20,452.75
April Quarterly[47]April 14, 2014$20,556.71$42,128.00$(44,035.30)$18,649.41
Running totals
$65,698.14$(47,152.69)

Election history

2012

On November 6, 2012, Bob Corker won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Mark Clayton, Shaun Crowell, David Gatchell, James Higdon, Michel Long, Troy Scoggin, Kermit Steck and Martin Pleasant, in the general election.

U.S. Senate, Tennessee General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBob Corker Incumbent 64.9% 1,506,443
     Democratic Mark E. Clayton 30.4% 705,882
     Constitution Kermit Steck 0.8% 18,620
     Green Martin Pleasant 1.7% 38,472
     Libertarian Shaun E. Crowell 0.9% 20,936
     Independent David Gatchell 0.3% 6,523
     Independent Michael Joseph Long 0.3% 8,085
     Independent Troy Stephen Scoggin 0.3% 8,080
Total Votes 2,320,189
Source: Tennessee Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2008

On November 4, 2008, Lamar Alexander won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Robert D. Tuke (R), Edward L. Buck (D), Christopher G. Fenner (I), Daniel Towers Lewis (I), Chris Lugo (I), Ed Lawhorn (I) and David Gatchell (I) in the general election.[48]

On November 4, 2008, Alexander won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Robert D. Tuke, Edward L. Buck, Christopher G. Fenner, Daniel Towers Lewis, Chris Lugo, Ed Lawhorn, and David Gatchell in the general election.[49]

U.S. Senate, Tennessee General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLamar Alexander Incumbent 65.1% 1,579,477
     Democratic Robert D. Tuke 31.6% 767,236
     Independent Edward L. Buck 1.3% 31,631
     Independent Christopher G. Fenner 0.5% 11,073
     Independent Daniel Towers Lewis 0.4% 9,367
     Independent Chris Lugo 0.4% 9,170
     Independent Ed Lawhorn 0.4% 8,986
     Independent David Gatchell 0.3% 7,645
Total Votes 2,424,585

See also

External links

References

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