Tennessee 8/2 Primary: At a Glance


Tennessee hasn’t had a Democratic Senator in over 20 years, but this year that drought could very well come to an end. Here’s the 411 on Tennessee’s primary.

Tennessee has its statewide primary election on THURSDAY, August 2. If you’re a voter in Tennessee, all the resources you need to vote are listed here; if you’re not in the state, consider sharing this post with friends or on social media to increase awareness and turnout!

Tennessee Voter Resources
Confirm your voter registration: https://iwillvote.com/
Info for overseas/military voters here
Find your polling place here
Check ID requirements here
Early voting is July 13-28; more info here 
Absentee voting info here

Tennessee Politics: A Snapshot
• 1 Senator is up for re-election in 2018
• All 9 House Representatives are up for re-election
• Voted +26 for Trump in 2016
• Current partisan breakdown of the state legislature:
>>> Governor (R)
>>> State Senate 28 (R) – 5 (D)  plus two vacant seats
>>> State House 73 (R) – 26 (D)

Key Races

The sitting governor, Bill Haslam (R), is term-limited and cannot seek re-election. Interestingly considering how red Tennessee looks, the governor’s race is not considered Solid Republican but only Likely Republican. The Democratic candidates are:

Karl Dean – website
Craig Fitzhugh – website
Mezianne Vale Payne – no website

The combination of Senator Bob Corker retiring to leave the seat open and the entry of former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen (D) in the race has earned this Senate seat a Toss-Up rating and one of the Democrats best chances in 2018 to flip this seat.

Phil Bredesen – website

18 of the 33 seats in the Senate are up for re-election this year. A list of the districts with re-elections and the candidates running for those seats can be found here.

All 99 seats in the House are up for re-election this year. A list of the candidates running for the House can be found here.

NOTE: If you’re unsure which state district you’re in, type in your address at Open States to get that info.

A Final Note
For a more complete list of state races in the primary, visit Ballotpedia: Tennessee Elections 2018You can enter your address at 411Vote to see a sample ballot. To learn about events featuring candidates running for office, connect with your local chapter of the Tennessee Democrats.

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