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2012 U.S. Senate Elections in Tennessee

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November 6 Election Winner:
Bob Corker Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Bob Corker Republican Party
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Cook Political Report Race Rating
     Solid R (Prior to election)

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2012 U.S. House Elections

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Voters in Tennessee will elect one member to the U.S. Senate in the November 6, 2012 elections.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run was April 5, 2012. The primary elections will be held on August 2, 2012.

The election will fill the Class 1 Senate seat, which is currently held by Bob Corker (R). First elected in 2006, Corker is running for re-election in 2012.

Candidates

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican primary

Independent Independents

Race rating

Cook Political Report

Each month the Cook Political Report releases race ratings for President, U.S. Senate, U.S. House (competitive only) and Governors. There are seven possible designations: [4]

     Solid Democratic
     Likely Democratic
     Lean Democratic

     Tossup

     Lean Republican
     Likely Republican
     Solid Republican

Cook Political Report Race Rating -- Tennessee Senate
Month Rating
March 22, 2012[5]     
March 1, 2012[6]     
January 26, 2012[7]     
December 22, 2011[8]     
December 1, 2011[9]     

Election history

2008

On November 4, 2008, Lamar Alexander won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Robert D. Tuke, Edward L. Buck, Christopher G. Fenner, Daniel Towers Lewis, Chris Lugo, Ed Lawhorn, and David Gatchell in the general election.[10]

U.S. Senate, Tennessee General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLamar Alexander Incumbent 65.1% 1,579,477
     Democratic Robert D. Tuke 31.6% 767,236
     Independent Edward L. Buck 1.3% 31,631
     Independent Christopher G. Fenner 0.5% 11,073
     Independent Daniel Towers Lewis 0.4% 9,367
     Independent Chris Lugo 0.4% 9,170
     Independent Ed Lawhorn 0.4% 8,986
     Independent David Gatchell 0.3% 7,645
Total Votes 2,424,585

2006

On November 7, 2006, Bob Corker won election to the United States Senate. He defeated Harold E. Ford, Jr., Ed Choate, David Gatchell, Emory “Bo” Heyward, Gary Keplinger, Christopher Joseph Lugo, James Anthony Gray, Gloria D. Reagon Price, and Mary Taylor Shelby in the general election.[11]

U.S. Senate, Tennessee General Election, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBob Corker 50.7% 929,911
     Democratic Harold E. Ford, Jr. 48% 879,976
     Independent Ed Choate 0.6% 10,831
     Independent David Gatchell 0.2% 3,746
     Independent Emory “Bo” Heyward 0.2% 3,580
     Independent Gary Keplinger 0.2% 3,033
     Independent Christopher Joseph Lugo 0.1% 2,589
     Independent James Anthony Gray 0% 14
     Independent Gloria D. Reagon Price 0% 13
     Independent Mary Taylor Shelby 0% 1
     Independent 0% 1
Total Votes 1,833,695

See also

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