Tennessee State Senate elections, 2012

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Tennessee State Senate elections, 2012

Majority controlCampaign contributions
QualificationsTerm limitsImpact of Redistricting

State Legislative Election Results

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Elections for the office of Tennessee State Senate were held in Tennessee on November 6, 2012. A total of 16 seats were up for election.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was April 5, 2011. The primary election took place on August 2, 2012.

See also: Tennessee House of Representatives elections, 2012 and State legislative elections, 2012

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates and Tennessee Game Changers

Heading into the November 6 election, the Republican Party held the majority in the Tennessee State Senate:

Tennessee State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 13 7
     Republican Party 20 26
Total 33 33

Game-changers

See also: Ballotpedia:"Game-changers" in the 2012 state legislative elections

Tennessee State Senate: Heading into the election, Republicans held a 20-13 majority in the Senate. Out of a total of four retirements, three were Democrats and one was a Republican.

Tennessee House of Representatives: Of the 99 seats in the House, Republicans held 64, Democrats held 34, and one was vacant. Seven Democrats retired, as did four Republicans.

Primaries

Senate

  • District 10 is open due to the retirement of Democrat Andy Berke. The primary contest featured three Democrats and two Republicans. Andrae McGary won the Democratic primary.
  • District 16 is open, as incumbent Jim Tracy (R) ran in District 14. Six Democrats and four Republicans sought their parties' nomination. Janice Bowling won the Republican nomination.
  • The only primary contest between two incumbents is in District 30. Veteran Democrat Jim Kyle, who assumed office in 1983, faced a challenge from Beverly Marrero. Kyle won.

House

  • District 12: Incumbent Richard Montgomery (R) faced primary challenger Dale Carr. Carr moved into the district after the new redistricting map placed his home in another House district. In May, Gov. Bill Haslam stated his support for Montgomery.[1][2]Despite this endorsement, Carr emerged victorious.
  • District 28: Incumbent Tommie F. Brown faced a challenge from current District 29 incumbent JoAnne Favors in the Democratic primary. Favors upset Brown, who had been in the House since 1993.
  • District 58: Mary Pruitt, a member of the House since 1985, faced primary challengers Harold M. Love and Steven Turner in the Democratic primary. Love defeated both of his opponents, in another upset that sent an incumbent packing.
  • In District 93, incumbent Goffrey A. Hardaway (D) faced Mike Kernell, a veteran lawmaker who has been a member of the House since 1975. In perhaps the biggest shock of the primary, Kernell, in office for nearly 40 years, was defeated by Hardaway.

General election

Senate

House


Incumbents retiring

A total of 5 incumbents did not run for re-election in 2012. Those incumbents were:

Name Party Current Office
Andy Berke Electiondot.png Democratic House District 10
Eric Stewart Electiondot.png Democratic House District 14
Joe Haynes Electiondot.png Democratic House District 20
Kerry Roberts Ends.png Republican House District 18
Roy Herron Electiondot.png Democratic House District 24

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.[3]

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: [4]

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

Qualifications

To be eligible to serve in the Tennessee State Senate, a candidate must be:[5]

  • 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.

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Tennessee

The Republican-controlled Legislature passed new maps in January 2012. The House and Senate maps were signed by Gov. Bill Haslam (R) on January 26 and February 9, 2012 respectively. The proposed Senate map would have eliminated the seat of minority leader Jim Kyle (D), but this change was removed from the final map. Kerry Roberts (R), however, was essentially redistricted out of office, and did not seeking election in 2012. There were two districts drawn without an incumbent.[6][7] Democrats were not happy with the Senate plan, and filed suit in March, saying that the map split too many counties unnecessarily.[8]

List of candidates

District 2

Democratic Party August 2 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party August 2 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Doug Overbey: 60,517 Green check mark transparent.png

District 4

Democratic Party August 2 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party August 2 GOP primary:
  • Ron Ramsey Approveda - Incumbent Ramsey first assumed office in 1997.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Ron Ramsey: 55,913 Green check mark transparent.png

District 6

Democratic Party August 2 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 2 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Evelyn Gill: 22,691
Republican Party Becky Duncan Massey: 49,744 Green check mark transparent.png

District 8

Democratic Party August 2 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party August 2 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Frank Niceley: 43,687 Green check mark transparent.png

District 10

Note: Incumbent Democrat Andy Berke did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party August 2 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 2 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Andrae McGary: 30,745
Republican Party Todd Gardenhire: 36,557 Green check mark transparent.png

District 12

Democratic Party August 2 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party August 2 GOP primary:
  • Ken Yager Approveda - Incumbent Yager first assumed office in 2009.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Ken Yager: 51,076 Green check mark transparent.png

District 14

Note: Incumbent Democrat Eric Stewart did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party August 2 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party August 2 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Jim Tracy: 50,235 Green check mark transparent.png

District 16

Democratic Party August 2 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 2 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jim Lewis: 23,636
Republican Party Janice Bowling: 40,139 Green check mark transparent.png

District 18

Note: Incumbent Republican Kerry Roberts did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party August 2 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 2 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Maria A. Brewer: 21,970
Republican Party Ferrell Haile: 49,472 Green check mark transparent.png

District 20

Note: Incumbent Democrat Joe Haynes did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party August 2 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 2 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Phillip L. North: 39,280
Republican Party Steven Dickerson: 46,254 Green check mark transparent.png

District 22

Democratic Party August 2 Democratic primary:
  • Tim BarnesApproveda - Incumbent Barnes first assumed office in 2009.
Republican Party August 2 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Tim Barnes: 28,257
Republican Party Mark Green: 31,963 Green check mark transparent.png

District 24

Note: Incumbent Democrat Roy Herron did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party August 2 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 2 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Brad Thompson: 29,807
Republican Party John Stevens: 38,667 Green check mark transparent.png

District 26

Democratic Party August 2 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 2 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Meryl Rice: 28,131
Republican Party Dolores Gresham: 42,990 Green check mark transparent.png

District 28

Democratic Party August 2 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 2 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Tyler Cobb: 30,375
Republican Party Joey Hensley: 37,361 Green check mark transparent.png

District 30

Democratic Party August 2 Democratic primary:
  • Jim Kyle: 7,368 Approveda - Incumbent Kyle first assumed office in 1983.
  • Beverly Marrero: 5,931 - Incumbent Marrero first assumed office in 2009.
Republican Party August 2 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jim Kyle: 47,822 Green check mark transparent.png

Note: Colonel G. Billingsley did not appear on the official list of candidates for the November ballot.[9]

District 32

Democratic Party August 2 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party August 2 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Mark Norris: 69,818 Green check mark transparent.png

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