Tennessee’s elections were called for Republicans across the board not long after the polls closed on Tuesday night and the red state remained red, for the most part. One state-level seat flipped in Davidson County: a blue dot surrounded by red.
On the national scale, President Donald Trump won with an approximate 23 point lead over Democratic candidate Joe Biden. That lead is 3 points shy of his 2016 victory against Hillary Clinton. A total of just over 3 million votes were reported. Absentee votes favored Biden by just under one percent.
The last Democratic presidential candidate to win Tennessee was Bill Clinton in both elections in the 1990s.
For U.S. Senate, Republican candidate Bill Hagerty triumphed over Democratic candidate Marquita Bradshaw. Hagerty led by nearly 27 points, and enjoyed closer margins in the three Democratic counties of Shelby, Haywood, and Davidson than Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) enjoyed in 2018. The last Democratic U.S. Senator to win the seat was Al Gore in the 80s. Bradshaw hasn’t conceded the election by press time.
In the House, all seven Republican incumbents that were challenged took the victory, and did so with better margins than in 2018. In the sole open seat in District 1, Republican Diane Harshbarger beat Democrat Blair Walsingham by 52 points to succeed Phil Roe.
Both Districts 2 and 3 saw Republican incumbents Tim Burchett and Chuck Fleischmann lead Democrats Renee Hoyos and Meg Gorman by nearly 37 points each. Republican Scott DesJarlais secured District 4 from Democrat Christopher Hale with about 33 points.
In District 5, Democratic incumbent Jim Cooper went uncontested.
Republican John Rose retained District 6 with almost a 50 point lead over Democrat Christopher Finley. In District 7, Republican Mark Green beat Democrat Kiran Sreepada by about 43 points. And David Kustoff won District 8 from Democrat Erika Stotts Pearson with about 39 points.
The sole Democratic incumbent challenged, Steve Cohen, won by about 57 points against Republican Charlotte Bergmann.
Although the state legislature Republicans were confident about carrying all of their incumbent seats, Democrat Heidi Campbell upset Steve Dickerson by four points. The 2016 election was a portent for the flip: Clinton won the district’s vote by about 26 points, and the area is within deep blue Davidson County.
Republicans maintained the only open seat through Page Wally, who received 52 points over Civil Miller-Watkins. Out of the 16 races, Republicans won 14 seats and Democrats won two.
Of all 99 seats in the state House, six were open. Five of the six open seats were assumed by Republicans, and one to the Democrats. Democrat challenger Torrey Harris upset incumbent John DeBerry by 54 points.
Two of the elected made history as the first openly gay state representatives: Republican Eddie Mannis for District 18 and Harris for District 90.
The state House race favored majority Republicans, 72 seats to 26.
Tennessee is currently the third-worst for voter turnout – about 1.8 of the 4.9 million didn’t vote.
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