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2010 Legislative Election Results

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Tennessee State Senate Election Results

This page contains macro-level election results and analysis for the Tennessee State Senate. For results in individual contests see our Tennessee State Senate elections, 2010 page. The following is a breakdown of the state senate before and after the election:

Tennessee State Senate
Party As of November 1, 2010 After the 2010 Election
     Democratic Party 14 13
     Republican Party 19 20
Total 33 33


What You'll See on This Page

This page will display the following lists of candidates

  • Incumbents who ran on November 2
  • Incumbents who were defeated
  • Challengers who defeated an incumbent
  • Newly elected senators
  • List of all winners
  • Unopposed candidates
  • Third party candidates

State Senate Overview:

  • There were 15 incumbents who ran in the November 2 general election. Only 1 incumbent lost, and thus 14 incumbents were re-elected to the Tennessee State Senate.
  • No Republican incumbents lost in the general election, while 1 Democratic incumbent lost.
  • There will be 3 new senators sworn-in. Of those 3, 0 are Democrats and 3 are Republicans
  • Of the 17 seats up for election, 6 were won by Democrats and 11 by Republicans.
  • 6 candidates were unopposed, 2 Democrats and 4 Republicans.
  • Only 3 candidates ran as an independent or third party candidate in the general election.

Incumbency Analysis

Of the 1,167 state senate seats up for election in 2010, incumbents ran for 894 (76.6%) of them. Of these 894, 94 lost their re-election bids, 89 Democrats and 5 Republicans. In Tennessee, 2 incumbent senators did not run for re-election on the November 2 ballot, while 15 incumbents (88.2%) ran for re-election. Of these 15 incumbents, 1 was defeated (Democratic incumbent).

Incumbents who ran on November 2

Brian Kelsey, first elected to the Tennessee State Senate in 2008

The following is a list of all of the incumbents who ran on the November 2 general election ballot:

Incumbents defeated

Doug Jackson, first elected to the state senate in 2000, was defeated in 2010.

The followings is a list of incumbents defeated on November 2:


CandidatePartyDistrict
Doug Jackson

Challengers who beat an incumbent

The following is a list of challengers who defeated an incumbent on November 2:


CandidatePartyDistrict
Jim Summerville

New State Senators and General Election Winners

388 new senators were elected across the country. This includes challengers who defeated incumbents as well as candidates who won open seats. Of these 388, 278 were Republicans and 110 were Democrats. In Tennessee, 3 new senators will be sworn-in. Of those 3, 0 are Democrats and 3 are Republicans. Republicans won both open seat contests. In total, Tennessee elected 17 senators, 11 Republicans and 6 Democrats.

Newly elected senators

Ophelia Ford was elected to the Tennessee State Senate in 2004

The following are the newly-elected members of the Tennessee State Senate:

Democratic


There are no candidates under this category

Republican

Open Seat Winners

The following is a list of candidates who won election in seats where no incumbent was running:

Democratic


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Republican

Candidates who won election

The following is a list of all candidates elected to the Tennessee State Senate:

Democratic

Charlie Smith Dannelly was first elected to the senate in 1994. He was re-elected in 2010.

Republican

Competitiveness

Thelma Harper was one of 2 unopposed Democratic senate candidates in 2010

Across the nation, 1,167 state senate seats were up for election in 2010. 1,143 of those seats were partisan seats (24 seats were up for election in Nebraska's non-partisan unicameral legislature). In 320 (28.0%) of these state senate contests, there was a major party candidate with no major party opposition. In Tennessee, 6 candidates (24.0% of seats) faced no major party opposition. Of these 6, 2 were Democrats and 4 were Republicans.

Unopposed candidates in general election

The following candidates did not face major party competition:

Democratic

Republican

Ballot Access

Across the nation, 140 independent or third party candidates ran for state senate. In Tennessee, 3 (9.7%) of the 31 senate candidates ran as an independent or third party candidate. None won election in the November 2 general election.

Third party candidates

The following is a list of third party and independent candidates who ran in 2010:

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Tennessee State House Election Results

This page contains macro-level election results and analysis for the Tennessee House of Representatives. For results in individual contests, see our Tennessee House of Representatives elections, 2010. The following is a breakdown of the state house before and after the election:

Tennessee House of Representatives
Party As of November 1, 2010 After the 2010 Election
     Democratic Party 48 34
     Republican Party 51 64
     Independent 1 1
Total 99 99


What You'll See on This Page

This page will display the following lists of candidates

  • Incumbents who ran on November 2
  • Incumbents who were defeated
  • Challengers who defeated an incumbent
  • Newly elected senators
  • List of all winners
  • Unopposed candidates
  • Third party candidates

State House Overview:

  • There were 90 incumbents who ran in the November 2 general election. Only 12 incumbents lost, and thus 78 incumbents were re-elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives.
  • No Republican incumbents lost in the general election, while 12 incumbent Democratic incumbent lost.
  • There will be 21 new representatives sworn-in. Of those 21, 0 are Democrats and 21 are Republicans
  • Of the 99 seats up for election, 34 were won by Democrats, 64 by Republicans, and 1 by an Independent.
  • 43 candidates were unopposed, 15 Democrats and 28 Republicans.
  • Only 16 candidates ran as an independent or third party candidate in the general election.

Incumbency Analysis

Of the 4,958 state house seats up for election, incumbents ran in the general election for 4,091 (79.5%) of them. Of these 4,091 incumbents, 413 lost their re-election bids, 403 Democrats and 10 Republicans. In Tennessee, 90 (90.9%) incumbents ran for re-election. Of these 90, 12 incumbent representatives were defeated. All 12 incumbents were Democrats.

Incumbents who ran on November 2

The following is a list of all of the incumbents who ran on the November 2 general election ballot:


  1. Barbara Cooper
  2. Barrett Rich
  3. Beth Harwell
  4. Bill Dunn
  5. Bill Harmon
  6. Brenda Gilmore
  7. Charles Curtiss
  8. Charles Sargent, Jr.
  9. Craig Fitzhugh
  10. Curry Todd
  11. Curtis Halford
  12. Curtis Johnson
  13. Dale Ford
  14. David Hawk
  15. David Shepard
  16. Debra Maggart
  17. Dennis Ferguson
  18. Dennis Roach
  19. Eddie Bass
  20. Eddie Yokley
  21. Eric Watson
  22. Frank Niceley
  23. G.A. Hardaway
  24. Gary Moore, Sr.
  25. Gary Odom
  26. George Fraley
  27. Gerald McCormick
  28. Glen Casada
  29. Harry Brooks
  30. Harry Tindell
  31. Henry Fincher
  32. James Naifeh
  33. Janis Baird Sontany
  34. Jeanne Richardson
  35. Jim Cobb
  36. Jim Coley
  37. Jim Hackworth
  38. Jimmy Eldridge
  39. Jimmy Matlock
  40. Joanne Favors
  41. Joe Armstrong
  42. Joe Carr
  43. Joe Pitts
  44. Joe Towns, Jr.
  45. Joey Hensley
  46. John DeBerry, Jr.
  47. John Tidwell
  48. John Windle
  49. Johnnie Turner
  50. Johnny Shaw
  51. Jon Lundberg
  52. Joshua Evans
  53. Judd Matheny
  54. Judy Barker
  55. Karen Camper
  56. Kent Coleman
  57. Kent Williams, Tennessee Representative
  58. Kevin Brooks
  59. Larry Miller
  60. Leslie Winningham
  61. Lois DeBerry
  62. Mark Maddox
  63. Mark White
  64. Mary Pruitt
  65. Matthew Hill
  66. Michael McDonald
  67. Michael Turner (Tennessee)
  68. Mike Harrison
  69. Mike Kernell
  70. Mike Stewart
  71. Pat Marsh
  72. Phillip Johnson
  73. Richard Floyd
  74. Richard Montgomery
  75. Robert Ramsey
  76. Ron Lollar
  77. Ryan Haynes
  78. Sherry Jones
  79. Stephen McManus
  80. Steve McDaniel
  81. Stratton Bone, Jr.
  82. Terri Lynn Weaver
  83. Tommie Brown
  84. Tony Shipley
  85. Ty Cobb
  86. Ulysses Jones, Jr.
  87. Vance Dennis
  88. Vince Dean
  89. Willie Borchert

Incumbents defeated

The followings is a list of incumbents defeated on November 2:


CandidatePartyDistrict
Dennis Ferguson
Eddie Yokley
George Fraley
Henry Fincher
Jim Hackworth
Judy Barker
Kent Coleman
Leslie Winningham
Mark Maddox
Stratton Bone, Jr.
Ty Cobb
Willie Borchert

Challengers who beat an incumbent

The following is a list of challengers who defeated an incumbent on November 2:


CandidatePartyDistrict
Andrew H. Holt
Bill Sanderson
David Alexander, Tennessee
Jeremy Faison
John Ragan
Julia Cheyanne Hurley
Kelly Keisling
Mark Pody
Mike Sparks
Ryan Williams
Sheila Butt
Tim Wirgau

New Representatives and General Election Winners

1,345 new representatives were elected across the country. This includes challengers who defeated incumbents as well as candidates who won open seats. Of these 1,345, 988 were Republicans and 357 were Democrats. In Tennessee, 24 new representatives will be sworn-in. Of those 21, 0 are Democrats and 21 are Republicans. In the 10 open seat contests, Republicans won 10 and Democrats 0. In total, Tennessee elected 120 representatives, 64 Republicans, 34 Democrats, and 1 independent.

Newly elected representatives

The following are the newly-elected members of the Tennessee House of Representatives:

Democratic


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Republican

Open Seat Winners

The following is a list of candidates who won election in seats where no incumbent was running:

Democratic


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Republican

Candidates who won election

The following is a list of all candidates elected to the Tennessee State Senate:

Democratic

Republican


  1. Andrew H. Holt
  2. Art Swann
  3. Barrett Rich
  4. Beth Harwell
  5. Bill Dunn
  6. Bill Sanderson
  7. Cameron Sexton
  8. Charles Sargent, Jr.
  9. Curry Todd
  10. Curtis Halford
  11. Curtis Johnson
  12. Dale Ford
  13. David Alexander, Tennessee
  14. David Hawk
  15. Debra Maggart
  16. Dennis Powers
  17. Dennis Roach
  18. Don Miller
  19. Eric Watson
  20. Frank Niceley
  21. Gerald McCormick
  22. Glen Casada
  23. Harry Brooks
  24. Jeremy Faison
  25. Jim Cobb
  26. Jim Coley
  27. Jim Gotto
  28. Jimmy Eldridge
  29. Jimmy Matlock
  30. Joe Carr
  31. Joey Hensley
  32. John Ragan
  33. John W. Forgety
  34. Jon Lundberg
  35. Joshua Evans
  36. Judd Matheny
  37. Julia Cheyanne Hurley
  38. Kelly Keisling
  39. Kevin Brooks
  40. Linda Elam
  41. Mark Pody
  42. Mark White
  43. Matthew Hill
  44. Mike Harrison
  45. Mike Sparks
  46. Pat Marsh
  47. Phillip Johnson
  48. Richard B. Womick
  49. Richard Floyd
  50. Richard Montgomery
  51. Robert Ramsey
  52. Ron Lollar
  53. Ryan Haynes
  54. Ryan Williams
  55. Scotty Campbell
  56. Sheila Butt
  57. Stephen McManus
  58. Steve Hall (Tennessee)
  59. Steve McDaniel
  60. Terri Lynn Weaver
  61. Tim Wirgau
  62. Tony Shipley
  63. Vance Dennis
  64. Vince Dean

Other

Competitiveness

Across the nation, 4,958 state house seats were up for election in 2010. In 1,680 (33.9%) of these state house contests, there was a major party candidate with no major party opposition. In Tennessee, 43 candidates (43.4% of all seats) faced no major party opposition. Of these 44, 15 were Democrats and 28 were Republicans.

Unopposed candidates in general election

The following candidates did not face major party competition:

Democratic

Republican

Ballot Access

In Tennessee, 16 (9.4%) of the 171 house candidates ran as independent or third party candidates. One candidate, Kent Williams, Tennessee Representative, won election in the November 2 general election.

Third party candidates

The following is a list of third party and independent candidates who ran in 2010: