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TENNESSEE

TNPopulation: 6,600,299 (2015)

Filing deadline: April 7, 2016.

Primary: August 4, 2016.

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Tennessee (R+12) is a conservative state, where the Democrats have been almost wiped out on the State and Federal level. It is 78% White and 16% Black.

Federal level

Electors: 11. Ten­nessee is a safe GOP state in Pre­si­dential elections.

Sena­tors: 2 Republicans.

Bob Corker. (Pic: Congress)

Bob Corker. (Pic: Congress)

Senator class 1: Bob Corker (R)
Committees: Foreign Relations (Chair),  Banking, Budget.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Bob Corker

Rating, May 19, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2018.

Status, May 19, 2016:
Constructor and Chattanooga Mayor Bob Corker (b.1952) was elected to the Senate in 2006. He took 65% in 2012.

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Lamar Alexander. (Pic: Congress)

Lamar Alexander. (Pic: Congress)

Senator class 2: Lamar Alex­ander (R)
Committees: Health & Education (Chair), Appropriations, Energy, Rules.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Lamar Alex­ander

Rating, May 19, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2020.

Status, May 19, 2016:
Lawyer Lamar Alex­ander (b.1940) has been Governor, Federal Secretary of Education and a presidential candidate in 1996 and 2000. He was elected to the Senate in 2002 and took 62% in 2014.

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Representatives: 9 Representatives; 2 Democrats and 7 Republicans.

Phil Roe. (Pic: Congress)

Phil Roe. (Pic: Congress)

District 1
Representative: Phil Roe (R)
Committees: Education, Veterans.

Democratic nomineeAlan Bohms
Republican nominee: Phil Roe

Rating, May 19, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, Sep 2, 2016:
The district (R+25) covers the northeastern corner of the state. It is 94% White. Physician Phil Roe (b.1945) defeated an incumbent Republican in the 2008 primary and took 83% in 2014. The Dems are running businessman Alan Bohms.

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Jimmy Duncan. (Pic: Congress)

Jimmy Duncan. (Pic: Congress)

District 2
Representative: Jimmy Duncan (R)
Committees: Oversight, Transportation.

Democratic nomineeStuart Starr
Republican nominee: Jimmy Duncan Jr

Rating, May 19, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, Sep 2, 2016:
The district (R+20) lies in the northeastern areas and includes all of Knoxville. It is 89% White. Lawyer Jimmy Duncan (b.1947) won the district in a special election in 1988, after his late father. He took 72% in 2014. The Dems are running photographer Stuart Starr.

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Chuck Fleischmann. (Pic: Congress)

Chuck Fleischmann. (Pic: Congress)

District 3
Representative: Chuck Fleischmann (R)
Committees: Appropriations.

Democratic nomineeMelody Shekari
Republican nominee: Chuck Fleisch­mann

Rating, May 19, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, Sep 2, 2016:
The district (R+16) contains eastern parts, including Chattanooga in the south. It is 85% White and 10% Black. Lawyer Chuck Fleischmann (b.1962) first won it in 2010 and has had tough primaries ever since. The Dems nominated activist Melody Shekari.

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Scott DesJarlais. (Pic: Congress)

Scott DesJarlais. (Pic: Congress)

District 4
Representative: Scott DesJarlais (R)
Committees: Agriculture, Foreign Affairs, Oversight.

Democratic nominee: Steven Reynolds
Republican nomineeScott DesJar­lais

Rating, May 19, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, Sep 2, 2016:
The district (R+18) lies in south central Tennessee. It is 85% White. Physician Scott DesJar­lais (b.1964) took the seat from an incumbent Democrat in 2010, but in late 2012, a huge sex scandal came to light. He took 56% in November that year. He had primary competition in 2014, but benefited from several opponents and was re-nominated with 45% and took 58% in November. The Dems are running businessman Steven Reynolds.

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Jim Cooper. (Pic: Congress)

Jim Cooper. (Pic: Congress)

District 5
Representative: Jim Cooper (D)
Committees: Defense, Oversight.

Democratic nominee: Jim Cooper
Republican nomineeStacy Snyder

Rating, May 19, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, Sep 2, 2016:
The district (D+5) covers central parts, including Nashville. It is 65% White, 23% Black and 8% Hispanic. Lawyer Jim Cooper (b.1954) was first elected in 1982 but ran for Senate in 1994 and lost to a Republican. He won back his House seat in 2002 and took 62% in 2014. The GOP is running baker Stacy Snyder.

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Diane Black. (Pic: Congress)

Diane Black. (Pic: Congress)

District 6
Representative: Diane Black (R)
Committees: Budget, Ways and Means.

Democratic nomineeDavid Kent
Republican nominee: Diane Black

Rating, May 19, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, Sep 2, 2016:
The district (R+21) covers northern and central areas of the state. It is 92% White. Nurse and State Senator Diane Black (b.1951) was first elected in 2010 and took 71% in 2014. The Dems are running manufacturing manager David Kent.

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Marsha Blackburn. (Pic: Congress)

Marsha Blackburn. (Pic: Congress)

District 7
Representative: Marsha Blackburn (R)
Committees: Energy and Commerce, Budget.

Democratic nomineeTharon Chandler
Republican nominee: Marsha Black­burn

Rating, May 19, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, Sep 2, 2016:
The district (R+18) contains central and western parts of the state and is 84% White and 9% Black. Businesswoman and State Senator Marsha Blackburn (b.1952) was first elected in 2002 and took 70% in 2014. The Dems are running farmer Tharon Chandler.

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Stephen Fincher. (Pic: Congress)

Stephen Fincher. (Pic: Congress)

District 8
Representative: Stephen Fincher (R)
Committees: Financial Services.

Democratic nominee: Rickey Hobson
Republican nomineeDavid Kustoff

Rating, May 19, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, Sep 2, 2016:
The district (R+19) covers western parts, including a little of Memphis. It is 77% White and 19% Black. Farmer and businessman Stephen Fincher (b.1973) was first elected in 2010, and took 71% in 2014, but is not seeking re-election. The GOP nominated ex-Federal Attorney David Kustoff. The Dems nominated airline employee Rickey Hobson.

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Steve Cohen. (Pic: Congress)

Steve Cohen. (Pic: Congress)

District 9
Representative: Steve Cohen (D)
Committees: Judiciary, Transportation.

Democratic nominee: Steve Cohen
Republican nominee: Floyd Wayne Alberson

Rating, May 19, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, Sep 2, 2016:
The district (D+25) covers most of Memphis and is 61% Black and 30% White. Nonetheless, since 2006 it has been represented by Jewish lawyer and State Senator Steve Cohen (b.1949) who got 75% in 2014. The GOP is running Floyd Wayne Alberson.

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STATE LEVEL

Bill Haslam. (Pic: State of TN)

Bill Haslam. (Pic: State of TN)

Governor: Bill Haslam (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 19, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, May 19, 2016:
Businessman and Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam (b.1958), was first elected in 2010 and took 70% in 2014. He is term limited.

The President of the State Senate is also the Lieutenant Governor.

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State Senate: 33 (6D / 27R). Term: 4 years. Half elected in 2016/18.
State House: 99 (26 / 73R). Term: 2 years. Elections in 2016.

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