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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
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Race Rating
Pending

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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.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
April 3, 2014
August 7, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Tennessee is 1 of 13 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.[1][2][3]

Voter registration: Voters must register to vote in the primary by July 8, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 6, 2014.[4]

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

Endorsements

Lamar Alexander

In December 2012 Alexander secured the endorsements of the following big-name Tennessee Republicans: Governor Bill Haslam, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, Sen. Bob Corker, State speaker Beth Harwell, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, Rep. Diane Black, Rep. Stephen Fincher, Rep. Phil Roe and Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr..[6]

Alexander received the endorsement of former Governor Mike Huckabee in August 2013. Huckabee said, "I've known a lot of conservative Republicans in politics and government but no one I've admire[d] more than Lamar Alexander. For the good of our country, I am writing you to ask that you help him and ensure he is re-elected to the U.S. Senate."[7]

Joe Carr

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."[8]

Carr received the endorsements of Nashville area talk show hosts Ralph Bristol and Michael DelGiorno from radio station 99.7 WTN.[9]

Carr also received the endorsement of anti-Lamar PAC Beat Lamar and The Coalition for a Constitutional Senate.[10]

Polls

Tennessee Republican primary
Poll Lamar Alexander Joe CarrOtherUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
North Star Opinion Research (August 19-22, 2013)
64%22%0%14%+/-4600
Public Policy Polling (December 2-3, 2013)
46%40%0%14%+/-5391
North Star Opinion Research (February 3-6, 2014)
62%17%3%18%+/-4600
AVERAGES 57.33% 26.33% 1% 15.33% +/-4.33 530.33
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. 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

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[11]4/15/2013$1,010,758.68$1,011,187.37$(216,029.39)$1,805,916.66
July Quarterly[12]7/15/2013$1,805,916.66$2,039,529.20$(723,012.28)$3,122,433.58
October Quarterly[13]October 15, 2013$3,122,433.58$842,131.03$(1,158,871.38)$2,805,693.23
Year-End[14]January 31, 2014$2,805,693$774,639$(402,356)$3,177,975
Running totals
$4,667,486.6$(2,500,269.05)

Joe Carr

Joe Carr (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[15]7/15/2013$0.00$205,479.00$(13,837.71)$191,641.29
July Quarterly[16]7/15/2013$191,641.29$100,225.00$(16,858.01)$275,008.28
October Quarterly[17]10/15/2013$275,008.28$52,276.98$(41,778.03)$285,507.23
Year-End[18]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[19]November 7, 2013$0$0$(0)$0
Year-End[20]January 30, 2014$0$635$(584)$50
Running totals
$635$(584)

Brenda Lenard

Brenda Lenard (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[21]April 11, 2013$4,250.32$3,106.68$(6,891.64)$465.36
July Quarterly[22]July 15, 2013$465.36$0.00$(0.00)$465.36
October Quarterly[23]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[24]April 11, 2013$2,633.22$0$(1,775.83)$857.39
July Quarterly[25]July 11, 2013$857.39$2,365.00$(3,029.00)$193.39
October Quarterly[26]October 13, 2013$193.39$30,045.00$(12,408.00)$17,830.39
Year-End[27]February 4, 2014$17,830$10,190$(9,185)$18,835
Running totals
$42,600$(26,397.83)

Ed Gauthier

Ed Gauthier (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[28]January 23, 2014$0$0$(318)$-318
Running totals
$0$(318)

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 challenger, in this case Alexander, remained undecided.[29]

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.[30]

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.[31]

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

  1. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  2. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  3. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  4. Tennessee Secretary of State Website, "Voter Qualification," accessed January 3, 2014
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  6. Politico, "Lamar Alexander unveils heavyweight support," December 1, 2012
  7. Nooga.com, "Sen. Lamar Alexander boasts Mike Huckabee endorsement," August 22, 2013
  8. Conservative HQ, "Tea Party Nation Endorses Joe Carr: Race to Take Out Senator Lamar Alexander Building," August 21, 2013
  9. Carr for U.S. Senate, "Rep. Joe Carr Lands Pair of Early Key Endorsements in US Senate Race," August 22, 2013
  10. WBIR.com, "TN tea party groups back Joe Carr for Senate, but not without dissent," October 1, 2013
  11. FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  12. FEC, "July Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  13. FEC, "October Quarterly," accessed October 30, 2013
  14. FEC, "Lamar Alexander Year-End," accessed February 14, 2014
  15. FEC, "April Quarterly", accessed November 26, 2013
  16. FEC, "July Quarterly", accessed November 26, 2013
  17. FEC, "October Quarterly", accessed November 26, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Joe Carr Year-End," accessed February 14, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Danny Page October Quarterly," accessed February 14, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Danny Page Year-End," accessed February 14, 2014
  21. FEC, "April Quarterly", accessed November 26, 2013
  22. FEC, "July Quarterly", accessed November 26, 2013
  23. FEC, "October Quarterly", accessed November 26, 2013
  24. FEC, "April Quarterly", accessed November 26, 2013
  25. FEC, "July Quarterly", accessed November 26, 2013
  26. FEC, "October Quarterly", accessed November 26, 2013
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Larry Crim Year-End," accessed February 14, 2014
  28. Federal Election Commission, "Ed Gauthier Year-End," accessed February 14, 2014
  29. Politico, "Senate primary challengers target GOP incumbents on Syria strikes," September 8, 2013
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008"
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008"