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Tennessee State House elections, 2010

Majority controlCampaign contributions

QualificationsCompetitiveness analysis

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Tennessee State Senate
Elections for the office of Tennessee state Senate were held in Tennessee on November 2, 2010. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was April 1, 2010 and the primary election day was on August 5, 2010.

Tennessee State Senators serve four-year terms and are not subject to term limits.

See also: Tennessee State Senate and State legislative elections, 2010

November 2 General Election Results

The following candidates won election on November 2, 2010:

  1. Bill Ketron
  2. Bo Watson
  3. Brian Kelsey
  4. Charlotte Burks
  5. Douglas Henry
  6. Jack Johnson
  7. Jim Summerville
  8. Lowe Finney
  9. Mae Beavers
  10. Mike Bell
  11. Ophelia Ford
  12. Randy McNally
  13. Reginald Tate
  14. Rusty Crowe
  15. Stacey Campfield
  16. Steve Southerland (Tennessee)
  17. Thelma Harper

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 2 election, the Republican Party held the majority in the Tennessee State Senate:

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


Campaign contributions

See also: State-by-state comparison of donations to state senate campaigns

This chart shows how many candidates ran for state senate in Tennessee in past years and the cumulative amount of dollars raised in state senate races, including contributions in both primary and general election contests. All figures come from Follow The Money.[1]

Year Number of candidates Total contributions
2010 44 $4,275,730
2008 39 $7,012,743
2006 45 $5,088,077
2004 34 $6,550,262
2002 48 $3,260,212

In 2010, the candidates for state senate raised a total of $4,275,730 in campaign contributions. The top 10 donors were: [2]

Donor Amount
Henry, Douglas $314,500
Tennessee Democratic Party $120,434
Herron, Governor Roy $116,058
Tennessee Medical Association $98,600
McDonald, George $83,100
Federal Express $82,300
Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association $61,250
Tennessee Bankers Association $52,500
Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of Tennessee $46,000
Farris Mathews Branan Bobango & Hellen $44,050


Incumbency

Unopposed incumbents

2010 state legislative elections analyzed using a Competitiveness Index

6 incumbents (40%) faced no competition in the November 2 general election.

  • 2 Democratic incumbents faced no November challenger.
  • 4 GOP incumbents faced no November challenger.

Primary challenges

Only 2 incumbents (13.3%) faced competition in the August 5 primary. Both incumbents (one Democrat and one Republican) who faced competition won their primaries.

Incumbents who won their primaries:

Retiring incumbents

Two incumbent representatives did not run for re-election, while 15 incumbents (8%) ran for re-election. Of the 2 incumbents who did not run for re-election, both are Republican.

Incumbents who retired are:

Qualifications

To be eligible to serve in the Tennessee State Senate, a candidate must be:[3]

  • A U.S. citizen
  • 30 years old before the general election
  • A three-year resident of Tennessee before the general election
  • A district resident for 1 year prior to the general election
  • A qualified voter
  • The following situations would eliminate a candidate from qualifying for office:
    • Those who have been convicted of offering or giving a bribe, or of larceny, or any other offense declared infamous by law, unless restored to citizenship in the mode pointed out by law;
    • Those against whom there is a judgment unpaid for any moneys received by them, in any official capacity, due to the United States, to this state, or any county thereof;
    • Those who are defaulters to the treasury at the time of the election, and the election of any such person shall be void;
    • Soldiers, seamen, marines, or airmen in the regular army or navy or air force of the United States; and
    • Members of congress, and persons holding any office of profit or trust under any foreign power, other state of the union, or under the United States.

List of candidates

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District 1

Democratic Party August 5 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party August 5 Republican primary result:
  • Steve Southerland: 23,292 Approveda Incumbent Republican Southerland was first elected to District 1 in 2002.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jackson West 7,381
Republican Party Steve Southerland 32,310 Green check mark transparent.png

District 3

Democratic Party August 5 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party August 5 Republican primary result:
  • Rusty Crowe: 20,236 Approveda Incumbent Republican Crowe was first elected to District 3 in 1990.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Thomas Ken Owens 7,437
Republican Party Rusty Crowe 32,736 Green check mark transparent.png

District 5

Democratic Party August 5 Democratic primary result:
No Democrat ran for this seat.
Republican Party August 5 Republican primary result:
  • Randy McNally: 27,922 Approveda Incumbent McNally, a Republican, was first elected to the 5th district in 1986.

November 2 General election candidates:

Republican Party Randy McNally 44,067 Green check mark transparent.png

District 7

Democratic Party August 5 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party August 5 Republican primary result:
Note: Incumbent Tim Burchett (R) did not seek re-election. He was first elected to District 7 in 1998.
Independent Independent candidate:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Randy Walker 14,514
Republican Party Stacey Campfield 22,661 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Chuck Williams 2,470

District 9

Democratic Party August 5 Democratic primary result:
No Democrat ran for this seat.
Republican Party August 5 Republican primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Republican Party Mike Bell 31,628 Green check mark transparent.png

District 11

Democratic Party August 5 Democratic primary result:
No Democrat ran for this seat.
Republican Party August 5 Republican primary result:
  • Bo Watson: 22,396 Approveda Incumbent Watson, a Republican, was first elected to the 11th district in 2006.

November 2 General election candidates:

Republican Party Bo Watson 42,140 Green check mark transparent.png

District 13

Democratic Party August 5 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party August 5 Republican primary result:
  • Bill Ketron: 21,284 Approveda Incumbent Republican Ketron was first elected to the 13th district in 2002.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Debbie Matthews 17,478
Republican Party Bill Ketron 40,998 Green check mark transparent.png

District 15

Democratic Party August 5 Democratic primary result:
  • Charlotte Burks: 13,132 Approveda Incumbent Democrat Burks was first elected to District 15 in 1998.
Republican Party August 5 Republican primary result:
Independent Independent candidate:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Charlotte Burks 22,800 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Gary Steakley 22,615
Independent Joe Wilmoth 8,779

District 17

Democratic Party August 5 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party August 5 Republican primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party George McDonald 21,442
Republican Party Mae Beavers 35,927 Green check mark transparent.png

District 19

Democratic Party August 5 Democratic primary result:
  • Thelma Harper: 7,009 Approveda Incumbent Harper, a Democrat, was first elected to the 19th district in 1998.
Republican Party August 5 Republican primary result:
No Republican ran for this seat.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Thelma Harper 24,569 Green check mark transparent.png

District 21

Democratic Party August 5 Democratic primary result:
Note: This race required an official recount.[4]
Republican Party August 5 Republican primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Douglas Henry 27,117 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Steven Dickerson 20,775

District 23

Democratic Party August 5 Democratic primary result:
No Democrat ran for this seat.
Republican Party August 5 Republican primary result:
  • Jack Johnson: 22,471 Approveda Incumbent Johnson, a Republican, was first elected to District 23 in 2006.
Write-in candidate
  • Melanie Hollis Hollis did not appear on the ballot but was campaigning as a write-in candidate.

November 2 General election candidates:

Republican Party Jack Johnson 64,891 Green check mark transparent.png
(write-in) Melanie Hollis 288

District 25

Democratic Party August 5 Democratic primary result:
  • Doug Jackson: 12,542 Approveda Incumbent Democrat Jackson was first elected to District 25 in 2000.
Republican Party August 5 Republican primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Doug Jackson 20,455
Republican Party Jim Summerville 21,375 Green check mark transparent.png

District 27

Democratic Party August 5 Democratic primary result:
  • Lowe Finney: 9,996 Approveda Incumbent Democrat Finney was first elected to District 27 in 2006.
Republican Party August 5 Republican primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Lowe Finney 25,885 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Don McLeary 24,666

District 29

Democratic Party August 5 Democratic primary result:
  • Ophelia Ford: 14,088 Approveda Incumbent Ford, a Democrat, was first elected to the 29th district in 2005.
Republican Party August 5 Republican primary result:
Independent Independent candidate:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Ophelia Ford 18,234 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Robert Hill 7,657
Independent Herman Sawyer 2,946

District 31

Democratic Party August 5 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party August 5 Republican primary result:
  • Brian Kelsey: 23,845 Approveda Incumbent Kelsey, a Republican, was first elected to the 31st district in 2009.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Ivon Faulkner 19,405
Republican Party Brian Kelsey 35,267 Green check mark transparent.png

District 33

Democratic Party August 5 Democratic primary result:
  • Reginald Tate: 19,666 Approveda Incumbent Democrat Tate was first elected to District 33 in 2006.
Republican Party August 5 Republican primary result:
No Republican ran for this seat.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Reginald Tate 32,336 Green check mark transparent.png

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