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United States House of Representatives elections in Tennessee, 2012

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2012 U.S. House Elections in Tennessee

Primary Date
August 2, 2012

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Tennessee District Pages
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2012 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Tennessee took place on November 6, 2012. Voters elected nine candidates to serve in the U.S. House, one from each of the state's nine congressional districts.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
April 5, 2012
August 2, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Tennessee has an open primary system, in which any registered voter can choose which party's primary to vote in, without having to be a member of that party.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by July 3. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 8.[1]

See also: Tennessee elections, 2012


The Center for Voting and Democracy (Fairvote) projected that Democrats would win two districts while Republicans would win seven seats.[2]

Primary competitiveness

See also: National contested primary average during the 2012 U.S. congressional elections

Tennessee tied with Illinois and Texas for having the 19th most competitive congressional primaries in 2012, with 55.56% of major party primaries having been contested (10 out of 18). The national average was 54.31%.

Nine U.S. House incumbents sought re-election in Tennessee in 2012. 6 of those 9 (66.67%) faced a primary challenger. Nationwide, 200 out of the 386 incumbents seeking re-election faced a primary challenger (51.81%).

Partisan breakdown

Heading into the November 6 election, the Republican Party held seven of the nine Congressional seats from Tennessee.

Members of the U.S. House from Tennessee -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 2 2
     Republican Party 7 7
Total 9 9

Incumbents

Heading into the 2012 election, the incumbents for the nine congressional districts were:

Name Party District
Charles J. Fleischmann Ends.png Republican 3
Diane Black Ends.png Republican 6
Jim Cooper Electiondot.png Democratic 5
John J. Duncan, Jr. Ends.png Republican 2
Marsha Blackburn Ends.png Republican 7
Phil Roe Ends.png Republican 1
Scott DesJarlais Ends.png Republican 4
Stephen Lee Fincher Ends.png Republican 8
Steve Cohen Electiondot.png Democratic 9

Margin of victory for winners

There were a total of 9 seats up for election in 2012 in Tennessee. The following table shows the margin of victory for each district winner, which is calculated by examining the percentage difference between the top-two vote getters. If the race was uncontested, the margin of victory is listed as 100%.

District Winner Margin of Victory Total Vote Top Opponent
Tennessee, District 1 Republican Party Phil Roe 56.2% 239,672 Alan Woodruff
Tennessee, District 2 Republican Party John J. Duncan, Jr. 53.8% 264,505 Troy Goodale
Tennessee, District 3 Republican Party Charles J. Fleischmann 26% 256,829 Mary Headrick
Tennessee, District 4 Republican Party Scott DesJarlais 11.5% 230,590 Eric Stewart
Tennessee, District 5 Democratic Party Jim Cooper 32.5% 263,083 Brad Staats
Tennessee, District 6 Republican Party Diane Black 67.5% 241,241 Pat Riley
Tennessee, District 7 Republican Party Marsha Blackburn 47% 257,306 Credo Amouzouvik
Tennessee, District 8 Republican Party Stephen Lee Fincher 39.9% 279,422 Timothy Dixon
Tennessee, District 9 Democratic Party Steve Cohen 51.3% 250,984 George Flinn Jr.

General election candidates

District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party Alan Woodruff
Republican Party Phil Roe
IndependentKaren Brackett
IndependentMichael Salyer
Green PartyRobert N Smith
Phil Roe Republican Party Phil Roe No
2nd Democratic Party Troy Goodale
Republican Party John J. Duncan, Jr.
Libertarian Party Greg Samples
IndependentBrandon Stewart
Green PartyNorris Dryer
John J. Duncan, Jr. Republican Party John J. Duncan, Jr. No
3rd Democratic Party Mary Headrick
Republican Party Charles J. Fleischmann
IndependentMatthew Deniston
Charles J. Fleischmann Republican Party Charles J. Fleischmann No
4th Democratic Party Eric Stewart
Republican Party Scott DesJarlais
Scott DesJarlais Republican Party Scott DesJarlais No
5th Democratic PartyJim Cooper
Republican PartyBrad Staats
Green PartyJohn Miglietta
Jim Cooper Democratic PartyJim Cooper No
6th Republican Party Diane Black
Independent Scott Beasley
Green PartyPat Riley
Diane Black Republican Party Diane Black No
7th Democratic Party Credo Amouzouvik
Republican PartyMarsha Blackburn
IndependentWilliam Akin
IndependentJack Arnold
IndependentLenny Ladner
Green PartyHoward Switzer
Marsha Blackburn Republican PartyMarsha Blackburn No
8th Democratic Party Timothy Dixon
Republican Party Stephen Lee Fincher
Independent James Hart
IndependentMark Rawles
Stephen Lee Fincher Republican Party Stephen Lee Fincher No
9th Democratic Party Steve Cohen
Republican Party George Flinn Jr.
IndependentGregory Joiner
IndependentBrian Saulsberry
Steve Cohen Democratic Party Steve Cohen No

Candidates

Note: Election results were added on election night as races were called. Vote totals will be added when official election results are certified. For more information about Ballotpedia's election coverage plan, click here. If you find any errors in this list, please email: Geoff Pallay.

1st Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Alan Woodruff
Republican Party Phil Roe Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Karen Brackett
Independent Michael Salyer
Green Party Robert N Smith


August 2, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

IndependentIndependents

2nd Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Troy Goodale
Republican Party John J. Duncan, Jr. Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Greg Samples
Independent Brandon Stewart
Green Party Norris Dryer


August 2, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian candidate

IndependentIndependent candidate

Note:Paul Joseph Coker[4] did not appear on the primary ballot.

3rd Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Mary Headrick
Republican Party Charles J. Fleischmann Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Matthew Deniston


August 2, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Note: Jean Howard-Hill withdrew prior to the primary.[9]

Independent Independents

4th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Eric Stewart
Republican Party Scott DesJarlais Green check mark transparent.png


August 2, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

5th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Jim Cooper Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Brad Staats
Green Party John Miglietta


August 2, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

6th Congressional District

General election candidates

Republican Party Diane Black Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Scott Beasley
Green Party Pat Riley


August 2, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

  • No candidates declared an intent to run.

Republican Party Republican Primary

IndependentIndependents

7th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Credo Amouzouvik
Republican Party Marsha Blackburn Green check mark transparent.png
Independent William Akin
Independent Jack Arnold
Independent Lenny Ladner
Green Party Howard Switzer


August 2, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Independent Independents

Note: Chris Martin did not appear on the primary ballot.[4]

8th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Timothy Dixon
Republican Party Stephen Lee Fincher Green check mark transparent.png
Independent James Hart
Independent Mark Rawles


August 2, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

IndependentIndependents

9th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Steve Cohen Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party George Flinn Jr.
Independent Gregory Joiner
Independent Brian Saulsberry


August 2, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Independent Independents

Note: Herbert Bass[4] and Thomas Long[12] did not appear on the primary ballot.

See also

External links

References