Voters in Tennessee will fill the open Senate seat being vacated by Bob Corker (R) and elect representatives for nine House seats, two of which are held by Democrats and seven by Republicans. They will also choose a governor, an office currently held by a Republican. See Tennessee’s primary results.
In contrast with retiring Sen. Bob Corker (R), conservative Rep. Marsha Blackburn has embraced President Trump, who won Tennessee by more than 25 points. Phil Bredesen, a popular former governor and former Nashville mayor, is the last Democrat to win statewide. In his 2006 gubernatorial race, he won all 95 counties. Singer Taylor Swift, who is from Tennessee, made a rare political statement by endorsing Bredesen.
How the vote has swung from 2016, so far
Margin in the 2018 Senate race for counties that went for Clinton or Trump in the 2016 general election, and the number of precincts reporting in those counties overall.
For counties with at least 10% of precincts reporting, this is how far the vote in the Senate race has shifted towards Democrats or Republicans, compared to 2016.
Businessman Bill Lee, a political newcomer, bested a crowded GOP field, including a House Budget Committee chairwoman and a former economic development head. He is favored to beat former Nashville mayor Karl Dean (D). Popular Gov. Bill Haslam (R) is term-limited.
Going into this election, Tennessee had 2 Democratic representatives and 7 Republican representatives. Here’s how each district leans politically, based on how it voted in the 2016 presidential election, with 2018 results as they come in.
Democrats who will face voters in November seized on the Supreme Court decision, putting abortion rights at the center of their campaigns. The Republicans they are facing largely remained quiet, with some GOP strategists acknowledging that the issue might not be good for their candidates.