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The 2010 congressional elections in Tennessee were held on November 2, 2010 to determine who would represent the state of Tennessee in the United States House of Representatives. Representatives are elected for two-year terms; those elected serve in the 112th Congress from January 2011 until January 2013.
Tennessee has nine seats in the House, apportioned according to the 2000 United States Census.
|United States House of Representatives elections in Tennessee, 2010|
|Party||Votes||Percentage||Seats Before||Seats After||+/-|
Results of the 2010 United States House of Representatives elections in Tennessee by district:
|District 1||123,006||80.84%||26,045||17.12%||3,110||2.04%||152,161||100.0%||Republican Hold|
|District 2||141,796||81.78%||25,400||14.65%||6,184||3.57%||173,380||100.0%||Republican Hold|
|District 3||92,032||56.79%||45,387||28.01%||24,637||15.20%||162,056||100.0%||Republican Hold|
|District 4||103,969||57.07%||70,254||38.56%||7,968||4.37%||182,191||100.0%||Republican Gain|
|District 5||74,204||42.07%||99,162||56.23%||2,996||1.70%||176,362||100.0%||Democratic Hold|
|District 6||128,517||67.26%||56,145||29.38%||6,422||3.36%||191,084||100.0%||Republican Gain|
|District 7||158,916||72.37%||54,347||24.75%||6,320||2.88%||219,583||100.0%||Republican Hold|
|District 8||98,759||58.99%||64,960||38.80%||3,686||2.20%||167,405||100.0%||Republican Gain|
|District 9||33,879||25.11%||99,827||74.00%||1,201||0.89%||134,907||100.0%||Democratic Hold|
This district covers northeast Tennessee, including all of Carter, Cocke, Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, and Washington counties and parts of Jefferson County and Sevier County. It had been represented by Republican Phil Roe since 2009. The winner of the GOP primary was all but assured of representing the district in Congress as this is one of the safest seats for the GOP; it had held the seat continuously since 1881 and, since prior to the Civil War, the GOP or its predecessors had held the seat for all but four years.
|Republican||Phil Roe (incumbent)||78,862||95.7|
|Republican||Mahmood "Michael" Sabri||3,546||4.3|
|Republican||Phil Roe (incumbent)||123,006||80.84|
This district lies in the east central part of the state, based in Knoxville and is largely coextensive with that city's metropolitan area. It had been represented by Republican Jimmy Duncan since November, 1988. The winner of the GOP primary was all but assured of representing the district in Congress as this was one of the safest seats for the GOP (even safer than the neighboring First District); the GOP or its predecessors had held the seat continuously since prior to the Civil War.
|Republican||Jimmy Duncan (incumbent)||92,414||100.0|
|Republican||Jimmy Duncan (incumbent)||141,796||81.78|
|Independent||Joseph R. Leinweber Jr.||2,497||1.44|
|Independent||D.H. "Andy" Andrew||1,993||1.15|
|Independent||H. James Headings||509||0.30|
|Democratic||John Wolfe Jr.||7,006||38.92|
|Democratic||Brenda Freeman Short||4,530||25.17|
|Democratic||Brent Davis Staton||4,530||21.19|
|Democratic||Larry J. Abeare, Sr. (write-in)||3||0.01|
|Democratic||John Wolfe Jr.||45,387||28.01|
|Independent||Savas T. Kyriakidis||17,077||10.54|
|Independent||Gregory C. Goodwin||380||0.23|
Democratic incumbent Lincoln Davis ran for reelection, challenged by Republican nominee Scott DesJarlais, a physician in Jasper, and Independents Paul H. Curtis (PVS), James Gray (campaign site, PVS), Richard S. Johnson (PVS), and Gerald York (campaign site, PVS).
Davis had represented the district since 2003. He turned down a run for governor, deciding to run for reelection instead.
Scott DesJarlais (R) won the election.
This district lies in Middle Tennessee, including almost all of Davidson County, half of Wilson County, and half of Cheatham County. Nearly two-thirds of the district's voting population lives in Nashville. It had been represented by Democrat Jim Cooper since 2003.
Jim Cooper (D) won reelection.
This district lies in Middle Tennessee, including all of Bedford, Cannon, Clay, DeKalb, Jackson, Macon, Marshall, Overton, Putnam, Robertson, Rutherford, Smith, Sumner, and Trousdale Counties, as well as a portion of Wilson County. It had been represented by Democrat Bart Gordon since 1985. Gordon announced on December 14, 2009 that he would not be seeking another term, leaving the sixth district open.
State Senator Jim Tracy, State Senator Diane Black, Rutherford County Republican Chairwoman Lou Ann Zelenik, United States Army Reserve Major General Dave Evans, realtor Gary Mann, and businessman Kerry Roberts ran for the Republican nomination. Democratic candidates included lawyer and Iraq veteran Brett Carter, aviation safety inspector George Erdel, ex-marine Ben Leming, Henry Barry, and Devora Butler.
The nominees were Brett Carter (D) and Diane Black (R).
Diane Black (R) won the election.
This district lies in Middle and southwestern Tennessee, connecting suburbs of Memphis and Nashville. It had been represented by Republican Marsha Blackburn since 2003. She faced a challenge from Austin Peay University professor and Democrat Dr. Greg Rabidoux.
Marsha Blackburn (R) won reelection.
Steve Fincher was the Republican nominee, and State Senator Roy Herron was the Democratic nominee. Also on the ballot are Tea Party candidate Donn Janes (campaign site, PVS), who earlier dropped out of the Republican primary, and Independent Mark J. Rawles (campaign site, PVS).
This district covers roughly the northwestern part of the state.
Stephen Fincher (R) won the election.
As of October 22, 2010, Rothenberg Political Report rated the race as "Lean Republican",Real Clear Politics as "Leans GOP".Charlie Cook as "Lean Republican", CQ Politics as "Likely Republican",Larry Sabato as "Likely R", and Chris Cillizza of The Washington Post placed the race at number 23 of the races most likely to change party hands.
|Poll Source||Dates Administered||Stephen Fincher (R)||Roy Herron (D)||Donn Janes (I)||Undecided|
|Memphisnewsblog.com||August 10-11, 2010||47%||37%||5%||11%|
This district lies in southwestern Tennessee, located entirely within Shelby County and including most of the city of Memphis. It had been represented by Democrat Steve Cohen since 2007. The Republicans nominated Charlotte Bergmann, who owns a Memphis-based marketing firm, Effective PMP, LLC.
Steve Cohen (D) won reelection.
* A district that has a PVI of a party that is represented by the opposite party, and applies to an EVEN score