1994 United States Senate special election in Tennessee
The 1994 United States Senate special election in Tennessee was held November 8, 1994. Al Gore resigned from the Senate when elected Vice President of the United States, this led to the appointment of Harlan Mathews and the special election. Republican nominee Fred Thompson won the open seat. Jim Cooper, U. S. Representative Fred Thompson and actor United States Senate election in Tennessee, 1994 United States Senate elections, 1994
1968 United States presidential election in Tennessee
The 1968 United States presidential election in Tennessee took place on November 5, 1968. All 50 states and the District of Columbia were part of the 1968 United States presidential election. Tennessee voters chose eleven electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president. Tennessee voted more or less for the candidates, resulting in Republican candidate Richard Nixon of New York and his running mate Governor Spiro Agnew of Maryland receiving a plurality of the votes as opposed to a majority. Nixon carried Tennessee with 37.85% of the vote to American Independent Party candidate George Wallace’s 34.02% and Democratic candidate Hubert Humphrey's 28.13%, a victory margin of 3.87%. Nixon's victory was due to his large margins in traditionally Republican East Tennessee, while Wallace and Humphrey split Middle Tennessee and West Tennessee; as of 2018, this is the last election in which Hamilton County did not support the Republican candidate
1824 United States presidential election in Tennessee
The 1824 United States presidential election in Tennessee took place between October 26 and December 2, 1824, as part of the 1824 United States presidential election. Voters chose 11 representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President. During this election, the Democratic-Republican Party was the only major national party and four different candidates from this party sought the Presidency. Tennessee voted for Andrew Jackson over William H. Crawford, John Quincy Adams, Henry Clay. Jackson won Tennessee, his home state, by a wide margin of 95.94%
1994 Tennessee gubernatorial election
The Tennessee gubernatorial election of 1994 took place on November 8, 1994. The Democratic incumbent Ned McWherter was term-limited leaving the governorship an open seat. Republican Congressman Don Sundquist was elected Governor of Tennessee, defeating Democratic nominee Phil Bredesen, the Mayor of Nashville. Bredesen would go on to succeed Sundquist as governor in 2002
2008 United States Senate election in Tennessee
The 2008 United States Senate election in Tennessee was held on November 4, 2008 to elect a member of the U. S. Senate from the State of Tennessee. Incumbent Republican U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander won reelection to a second term, he won 65.1% of the vote against Democrat Bob Tuke, who won 32.6%. Bob Tuke, former Chairman of the Democratic Party of Tennessee Gary Davis, perennial candidate Mike Padgett, former Knox County Clerk Mark E. Clayton, insurance agent Kenneth Eaton and Nashville mayoral candidate in 2003 and 2007 Leonard Ladner, truck-driver Mike Padgett finished third after Gary Davis, who did not campaign and used no money. Many were surprised at the results, they claimed that there was name confusion, with two incumbent congressmen David Davis and Lincoln Davis. Lamar Alexander, incumbent U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander, incumbent U. S. Senator and former Governor Bob Tuke, Chairman of the Democratic Party of Tennessee In Tennessee, a candidate seeking a House or Senate seat at the state or national level must gather 25 signatures from registered voters to be put on the ballot for any elected office.
Presidential candidates seeking to represent an recognized party must either be named as candidates by the Tennessee Secretary of State or gather 2,500 signatures from registered voters, an independent candidate for President must gather 275 signatures and put forward a full slate of eleven candidates who have agreed to serve as electors. In order to be recognized as a party and have its candidates listed on the ballot under that party's name, a political party must gather signatures equal to or in excess of 2.5% of the total number of votes cast in the last election. The last third party to be recognized was the American Party in 1968. Due to these hurdles third party candidates always appear on the ballot as independents. Edward Buck Christopher Fenner David "None of the Above" Gatchell Bo Heyward Ed Lawhorn Daniel T. Lewis Chris Lugo, Green party peace activist On April 3, 2007, Alexander confirmed that he would seek re-election to the Senate in 2008. Alexander has remained a popular figure in Tennessee since his first term as governor and faced no opposition in the Republican primary Tuke is a former Marine who served in the Vietnam War.
Tuke served as Barack Obama's Presidential campaign chair in Tennessee. Tuke declared himself to be a candidate March 3, 2008, he secured the help of several high profile Democratic campaigners including Joe Trippi. There were many minor candidates in the race. Chris Lugo announced on January 17 that he was seeking the nomination of the Democratic Party as a'Progressive Democrat.' In March 2008, Lugo announced he was dropping his candidacy for the Democratic nomination, would run either for the Green Party nomination or as an independent. Division of Elections from the Tennessee Department of State U. S. Congress candidates for Tennessee at Project Vote Smart Tennessee, U. S. Senate from CQ Politics Tennessee U. S. Senate from OurCampaigns.com Tennessee Senate race from 2008 Race Tracker Campaign contributions from OpenSecrets.org Alexander vs Tuke graph of multiple polls from Pollster.com Official campaign websites Lamar Alexander, Republican incumbent candidate Mark E. Clayton, Democratic candidate Kenneth Eaton, Democratic candidate Mike Padgett, Democratic candidate Bob Tuke, Democratic candidate David "None of the Above" Gatchell, Independent candidate Ed Lawhorn, Independent candidate Daniel T. Lewis, Independent candidate Chris Lugo, Independent candidate
1988 United States presidential election in Tennessee
The 1988 United States presidential election in Tennessee took place on November 8, 1988. All 50 states and the District of Columbia were part of the 1988 United States presidential election. Tennessee voters chose 11 electors to the Electoral College, which selected the president and vice president. Tennessee was won by incumbent United States Vice President George H. W. Bush of Texas, running against Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis. Bush ran with Indiana Senator Dan Quayle as Vice President, Dukakis ran with Texas Senator Lloyd Bentsen. Tennessee weighed in for this election as 8% more Republican than the national average; as of the 2016 presidential election, this was the last time the Republican candidate carried Davidson County and Shelby County, both of which have become Democratic strongholds into the 21st century. The presidential election of 1988 was a partisan election for Tennessee, with more than 99% of the electorate voting for either the Democratic or Republican parties, though 10 candidates did appear on the ballot.
Most counties in Tennessee turned out for Bush, including the populated Shelby County and Davidson County, by narrow margins. Those two counties have never voted Republican since this election. Tennessee was the only state that Bush improved on Ronald Reagan’s 1984 vote share, although only by 0.07 percent. He became only the second Republican after Richard Nixon in 1972 to carry Lincoln County and Hardeman County, which were two of only seven counties in the nation to switch from Mondale to Bush. Bush won the election in Tennessee with a solid 16 point landslide; the election results in Tennessee are reflective of a nationwide reconsolidation of base for the Republican Party, which took place through the 1980s. Through the passage of some controversial economic programs, spearheaded by President Ronald Reagan, the mid-to-late 1980's saw a period of economic growth and stability; the hallmark for Reaganomics was, in part, the wide-scale deregulation of corporate interests, tax cuts for the wealthy.
Dukakis ran his campaign on a liberal platform, advocated for higher economic regulation and environmental protection. Bush, ran on a campaign of continuing the social and economic policies of former President Reagan - which gained him much support with social conservatives and people living in rural areas. Additionally, while the economic programs passed under Reagan, furthered under Bush and Clinton, may have boosted the economy for a brief period, they are criticized by many analysts as "setting the stage" for economic troubles in the United State after 2007, such as the Great Recession. Gulf War Presidency of George H. W. Bush
2006 United States Senate election in Tennessee
The 2006 United States Senate election in Tennessee was held November 7, 2006. The election winner, Bob Corker, served his term between January 3, 2007 and January 3, 2013. Corker replaced Republican Bill Frist in the Senate, who retired upon the end of his second term in 2007. Corker was the Republican nominee, the Democratic nominee was Harold Ford, Jr.. The race between Ford and Corker was one of the most competitive Senate races of 2006, with Corker winning the race by less than three percent of the vote. Corker was the only non-incumbent Republican to win a U. S. Senate seat in 2006. Since 1994, the Republican Party has held both of Tennessee's U. S. Senate seats; this election is notable for being the last time Grundy County has voted for the Democratic candidate in a senate election. Harold Ford, Jr. U. S. Representative Ford is known nationally for his keynote address at the 2000 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles and for a challenge to Nancy Pelosi for leadership of the House Democrats.
Kurita, a six-term state Senator from Clarksville, Tennessee dropped out of the race in early April 2006. No official reason was given, but Ford enjoyed substantial support from Democratic leaders in Washington and Nashville and held a substantial lead in fundraising. Ed Bryant, former U. S. Representative Bob Corker and former Mayor of Chattanooga Van Hilleary, former U. S. Representative Only 11 percent of Tennesseans knew who Corker was when he began running for the Senate race. All three have run statewide campaigns in the past, albeit unsuccessful ones: Bryant for the 2002 Republican Senate nomination, losing to Lamar Alexander. S. Senate in 1994, losing to Frist in the Republican primary; the three Republican candidates met for a debate at the University of Tennessee campus in Knoxville on June 29, 2006. All three candidates expressed skepticism regarding global warming and recent publication of scientific consensus on the issue, supported continued American involvement in Iraq, opposed income tax increases, "showed varying degrees of interest in replacing the federal income tax with a national sales tax," prompting Corker to state in his closing statement "here's not any difference, that I can tell, on the issues."
Harold Ford, Jr. U. S. Representative Bob Corker, former Mayor of Chattanooga Ed Choate Gary Keplinger Bo Heyward Chris Lugo, peace activist David "None of the Above" Gatchell Not long after Corker's primary victory was assured, Ford, at a rally of his supporters attended by Bill Clinton, challenged Corker to seven televised debates across the state. In response, Corker did not agree to Ford's request of seven debates. Both of Corker's primary opponents endorsed Corker after they conceded the race. On August 8, 2006, the Tennessee Democratic Party filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission against Corker for violating campaign financial disclosure rules. On August 25, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported that Corker had received a subpoena regarding an environmental lawsuit filed three years ago; the lawsuit centers on the actions Corker took as mayor to demolish a conservation site to build a road that leads to a Wal-Mart SuperCenter. Corker was scheduled to testify on October 18, but the case was settled on October 13.
On October 1, Corker replaced his campaign manager. Before a Corker press conference in Memphis on October 20, Ford approached Corker in a parking lot and confronted his opponent about Iraq in front of local news cameras, pointing out that some of Corker's fellow Republicans are changing their minds on the war and wanting to debate him about the issue. In response, Corker said, "I came to talk about ethics, I have a press conference, and I think it's a true sign of desperation that you would pull your bus up when I'm having a press conference." Ford replied. Corker walked away to his press conference. On November 2, Nielsen Monitor Plus indicated that the Corker campaign had purchased more television advertising than any other Senate candidate in the country through October 15. Corker and Ford participated in a televised debate in Memphis on October 7, in Chattanooga on October 10, in Nashville on October 28. In the October 7, 2006 debate in Memphis, the candidates covered a wide range of issues, including immigration, cutting health care costs and Social Security.
Commenting on Ford's political family, Corker said, "I think it's evident there's been a Ford in this seat for 32 years, if you look at the number of Fords that are on the ballot—especially I think the most recent one, I know it concerns a lot of people right here in Memphis." Ford responded, "I don't know why Mr. Corker keeps bringing up my family.... It's you and I running for the Senate. It's our ideas, our plans to make the future better for everybody. Let's stick to you and I, and if you come up with a recipe to pick family, say it. Otherwise be quiet and let's run for the Senate."The October 10 Chattanooga debate covered many of the same issues, with Corker again attempting to make Ford's family an issue and Ford claiming that Corker would be a "rubber stamp" for the Bush administration and Republican Party in the Senate. A negative ad titled "Who Hasn't?" Sponsored by the Republican National Committee that aired during the third and fourth weeks of October gained national attention and condemnation from both Ford and Corker.
The ad portrayed a scantily clad white woman acting as a Playboy bunny who "met Harold at the Playboy party" and invites Ford to "call me". Responding to questions abo