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Tennessee Gubernatorial election, 2014

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Tennessee Gubernatorial Election

Primary Date:
August 7, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Bill Haslam Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Bill Haslam Republican Party
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The Tennessee Gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Bill Haslam (R) is running for re-election. The winner of the election will serve a 4-year term in office.

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.[1][2][3]

Office Incumbent Assumed Office Incumbent running? General Election Candidates 2015 Winner Partisan Switch?
Governor Bill Haslam
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2011 Yes[4] Republican Party Bill Haslam
Democratic Party Charlie Brown
Constitution Party Shaun Crowell
Green Party Isa Infante
Libertarian Party Daniel Lewis
Independent Steve Coburn
Independent John Jay Hooker

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
April 3, 2014 Filing deadline
August 7, 2014 Primary election
November 4, 2014 General election
January 17, 2015 Gubernatorial inauguration


Republican Party Bill Haslam - IncumbentGreen check mark transparent.png[5]
Democratic Party Charles V. "Charlie" Brown[6]
Constitution Party Shaun Crowell - former Libertarian candidate for US Senate[6]
Green Party Isa Infante[6]
Libertarian Party Daniel Lewis[6] - appeared on the ballot as an Independent, though this was the subject of a lawsuit[7]
Independent Steve Coburn[8]
Independent John Jay Hooker[6]

Lost in primary

Democratic Party Ron Noonan[8]
Democratic Party Kennedy Spellman Johnson[8]
Democratic Party William H. "John" McKamey - former Sullivan County Supervisor[6]
Republican Party Mark "Coonrippy" Brown - firearm dealer and Youtube celebrity[9][10]
Republican Party Donald Ray McFolin[8]
Republican Party Basil Marceaux, Sr. - perennial candidate[6]


Democratic Party Mark Clayton - controversial former candidate for US Senate[8][11]
Democratic Party Jesse Gore[6][12]
Independent Jondavid Balunek[6][12]
Independent J. D. Ellis[6][12]


Democratic Party Ed Borum[6][13]
Independent Carl Twofeathers Whitaker - Former independent candidate for Governor[14][8][6]
Independent Linda Perry[8][6]


Democratic Party Craig Fitzhugh - current State House Minority Leader[15][16]
Democratic Party Sara Kyle - former director of the Tennessee Regulatory Authority.[17][18]


Primary results

Tennessee Gubernatorial Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBill Haslam 87.7% 570,997
Mark "Coonrippy" Brown 6.8% 44,165
Donald Ray McFolin 3.5% 22,968
Basil Marceaux, Sr. 2% 13,117
Total Votes 651,247
Election Results via Tennessee Secretary of State.
Tennessee Gubernatorial Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCharles V. "Charlie" Brown 41.7% 95,114
William H. "John" McKamey 26% 59,200
Kennedy Spellman Johnson 24.4% 55,718
Ron Noonan 7.9% 17,993
Total Votes 228,025
Election Results via Tennessee Secretary of State].

General election polling

General election polling

Governor of Tennessee
Poll Bill Haslam (R) Charles V. "Charlie" Brown (D)Other/UnsureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Rasmussen Reports
August 11-12, 2014
August 18-September 2, 2014
New York Times/CBS News/YouGov
October 16-23, 2014
AVERAGES 56.33% 29.67% 14.33% +/-4 926.67
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

Hypothetical match-up

Governor of Tennessee - Hypothetical match-up
Poll Bill Haslam (R) William H. "John" McKamey (D)Other/UnsureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Rasmussen Reports April 29-30, 2014
CBS News/NYT/YouGov July 5-24, 2014
AVERAGES 56% 29.5% 14.5% +/-2 1,105
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

See also

External links

Suggest a link


  1. National Conference of State Legislatures, "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. WBIR, "Gov. Bill Haslam announces re-election campaign," December 17, 2012
  5. Governing, "Tennessee Gov. Haslam to Run for Re-Election," December 18, 2012
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 6.11 6.12 Tennessee Secretary of State, "Elections," April 7, 2014
  7. Ballot Access News, "Tennessee Libertarian Party Files Ballot Access Lawsuit," August 3, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 Tennessee Secretary of State, "Petitions Issued by State Election Commission Office," March 26, 2014
  9. UPI, "Man running for Tennessee governor to get his raccoon back," January 8, 2014
  10. The Raw Story, "Tennessee man runs for governor in GOP primary for right to shower with his raccoon," January 8, 2014
  11. Times Free Press, "Tennessee Democrats act to keep anti-gay activist out of governor race," April 6th, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Tennessee Secretary of State, "Petitions Filed," accessed April 22, 2014
  13. Tennessee Secretary of State, "Petitions Issued by State Election Commission Office," accessed May 15, 2014
  14. Communication with Whitaker campaign staff, By: Kristen Mathews, December 27, 2013
  15. Nashville City Paper, "House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh ponders run in 2014 governor race," December 12, 2012
  16. Nashville Scene, "Fitzhugh Passes on Run for Governor," July 22, 2013
  17. The Tennessean, August 6, 2013
  18. WBIR, "Tennessee Democrats hamstrung by lack of candidates," January 23, 2014