United States Senate election in Tennessee, 2014

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United States Senate election in Tennessee, 2014
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Nominee Lamar Alexander Gordon Ball
Party Republican Democratic

Incumbent U.S. Senator

Lamar Alexander
Republican

The 2014 United States Senate election in Tennessee will take place on November 4, 2014, to elect a member of the United States Senate for the State of Tennessee. Incumbent Republican Senator Lamar Alexander is running for re-election to a third term in office.

Background[edit]

Alexander was re-elected with 65% of the vote in 2008. Alexander stepped down from his leadership role as Republican Conference Chairman of the United States Senate in 2011, but announced that he would seek re-election to a third term.[1]

Republican primary[edit]

Although Alexander was initially thought to be vulnerable to a primary challenge from the right, he worked to avoid this and ultimately did not face a high-profile challenger. He declared his intention to run early, quickly won the endorsement of Governor Bill Haslam, every living former Tennessee Republican Party Chairman and the state's entire Republican congressional delegation (barring scandal-hit Scott DesJarlais). He also raised a large amount of money and worked to avoid the mistakes of ousted Sentors Bob Bennett and Richard Lugar, by trying to stay in touch with his constituents, especially in East Tennessee. He was also helped by the fact that out-of-state conservative organisations such as the Senate Conservatives Fund didn't spend much money against him or supporting Joe Carr, his main rival.[2]

Ultimately, Alexander won the primary, though he recorded the lowest winning percentage (49.7%) and lowest margin of victory (9.2 points) ever recorded in a primary for a Republican U.S. Senator from Tennessee. Carr won a larger percentage of the vote (40.5%) than the previous 11 challengers to sitting Republican U.S. Senators in Tennessee history combined (40.3%).[3]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Withdrew[edit]

  • Danny Page, electrician (running as an Independent)[8][9]

Declined[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Lamar
Alexander
Joe
Carr
George
Flinn
Brenda
Lenard
Danny
Page
Other Undecided
Red Racing Horses & PMI inc. July 28–30, 2014 400 ± 5% 41% 29% 5% 5% 20%
North Star Opinion Research* July 27–29, 2014 600 ± 4% 53% 24% 1% 1% 5% 16%
North Star Opinion Research* July 20–22, 2014 600 ± 4% 53% 21% 9% 15%
Tea Party Nation/Triton July 10–11, 2014 1,099 ± 2.9% 43% 36% 21%
Tea Party Nation/Triton May 22, 2014 1,100 ± ? 44% 20% 9% 27%
North Star Opinion Research* May 12–14, 2014 600 ± 4% 56% 14% 1% 1% 22%
North Star Opinion Research* February 3–6, 2014 600 ± 4% 62% 17% 2% 1% 18%
MTSU January 23–26, 2014  ? ± ? 40% 7% 4% 49%
Public Policy Polling^ December 2–3, 2013 391 ± 5% 46% 40% 14%
North Star Opinion Research* August 19–22, 2013 600 ± 4% 64% 22% 14%
69% 16% 15%
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Lamar
Alexander
Conservative
challenger
Undecided
Triton Polling August 15–16, 2013 680 ± 3.7% 44.9% 49.5% 5.6%
  • * Internal poll for Lamar Alexander campaign
  • ^ Internal Poll for Terry Adams campaign

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[26]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Lamar Alexander 331,705 49.65%
Republican Joe Carr 271,324 40.61%
Republican George Shea Flinn 34,668 5.19%
Republican Christian Agnew 11,320 1.69%
Republican Brenda S. Lenard 7,908 1.18%
Republican John D. King 7,748 1.16%
Republican Erin Kent Magee 3,366 0.50%
Totals 668,039 100%

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

  • Terry Adams, attorney[27]
  • Gordon Ball, attorney[28]
  • Larry Crim, CEO of Christian Counseling Centers of America, Inc.[29]
  • Gary Gene Davis, perennial candidate[4]

Withdrew[edit]

  • Jacob Maurer, high school educator and write-in candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2012[4][30]

Declined[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[26]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Gordon Ball 87,829 36.45%
Democratic Terry Adams 85,794 35.61%
Democratic Gary Gene Davis 42,549 17.66%
Democratic Larry Crim 24,777 10.28%
Totals 240,949 100%

General election[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Lamar
Alexander (R)
Gordon
Ball (D)
Other Undecided
CBS News/New York Times August 18–September 2, 2014 1,056 ± 4% 47% 32% 10% 11%
Rasmussen Reports August 11–12, 2014 750 ± 4% 47% 32% 10% 12%
CBS News/New York Times July 5–24, 2014 1,465 ± 5.4% 48% 33% 14% 5%
Rasmussen Reports April 29–30, 2014 750 ± 4% 51% 25% 10% 15%

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alexander quitting leadership post in Senate". Politico. September 20, 2011. 
  2. ^ Alexis Levinson (August 1, 2014). "How Lamar Alexander Staved Off His Primary Challenger". 
  3. ^ Ostermeier, Eric (August 7, 2014). "Alexander Records Weakest Primary Win for GOP US Senator in Tennessee History". 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s "Petitions Filed for Governor, United States Senate, and United States House of Representatives". Tennessee Secretary of State. Retrieved April 7, 2014. 
  5. ^ SCHELZIG, ERIK (August 20, 2013). "State Rep. Joe Carr announces Alexander challenge". The Miami Herald. Retrieved August 20, 2013. 
  6. ^ Veazey, Kyle (April 1, 2014). "George Flinn says he'll challenge Alexander in U.S. Senate primary". The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved April 3, 2014. 
  7. ^ Dugger III, A.J. (August 4, 2013). "Tea Party candidate challenges Alexander". The Murfreesboro Post. Retrieved August 20, 2013. 
  8. ^ Garrison, Joey (September 24, 2013). "Tea Party candidate says he’s been shut out of Beat Lamar process". The Tennessean. Retrieved October 7, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b Page, Danny (March 15, 2014). "A Declaration of Running as an Independent". Danny Page for Senate. Retrieved April 3, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f "Clamoring for a conservative to challenge Alexander". Chattanooga Times Free Press. May 26, 2013. Retrieved June 26, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett won't run for U.S. Senate". WATE-TV. October 9, 2013. Retrieved October 25, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b c Humphrey, Tom (July 14, 2013). "Political notebook: Ramsey, Campfield reject entreaties to oppose Sen. Alexander". Knoxville News Sentinel. Retrieved August 12, 2013. 
  13. ^ Harris, Alex (2013-08-28). "Jacobs Staying Out of Political Ring, Leaves Alexander to Other Challengers". TNReport. Retrieved 2014-07-25. 
  14. ^ Garrison, Joey (September 3, 2013). "Kevin Kookogey backs out of tea party bid against Sen. Alexander". The Tennessean. Retrieved September 4, 2013. 
  15. ^ Sher, Andy (March 18, 2013). "Franklin businessman says he won’t challenge Sen. Alexander in 2014, will support him instead". Chattanooga Times Free Press. Retrieved August 20, 2013. 
  16. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Harrison, James (March 8, 2013). "Sen. Lamar Alexander touts additional backers for 2014". Nooga.com. Retrieved December 6, 2013. 
  17. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x Whitehouse, Ken (February 7, 2013). "Alexander campaign continues to lasso GOP leaders". NashvillePost.com. Retrieved December 6, 2013. 
  18. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t Raju, Manu (December 1, 2012). "Lamar Alexander unveils heavyweight support". Politico. Retrieved December 6, 2013. 
  19. ^ Harrison, James (August 22, 2013). "Sen. Lamar Alexander boasts Mike Huckabee endorsement". Nooga.com. Retrieved December 6, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Rep. Joe Carr Lands Pair of Early Key Endorsements in US Senate Race". August 22, 2013. 
  21. ^ a b c d e f g Tony Lee (June 16, 2014). "JOE CARR GAINING ENDORSEMENTS AND MOMENTUM AGAINST LAMAR ALEXANDER". BreitBart.com. Retrieved June 16, 2014. 
  22. ^ http://www.dnj.com/story/news/politics/2014/07/24/sarah-palin-endorses-joe-carr-us-senate/13103535/
  23. ^ http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/07/22/carr-looks-for-a-boost-from-ingraham/12980707/
  24. ^ "Coalition Convention results: Joe Carr is in!". September 30, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Tea Party Nation endorses conservative challenger to Lamar Alexander". August 20, 2013. 
  26. ^ a b "August 7, 2014 Official Election Results". Tennessee Secretary of State. Retrieved September 15, 2014. 
  27. ^ a b c d e f Sher, Andy (October 28, 2013). "Knoxville attorney Terry Adams enters 2014 race for the U.S. Senate from Tennessee". Chattanooga Times Free Press. Retrieved October 28, 2013. 
  28. ^ Humphrey, Tom (January 15, 2014). "Attorney Gordon Ball to seek Democratic nomination to U.S. Senate". KnoxBlogs. Retrieved February 26, 2014. 
  29. ^ Humphrey, Tom (January 31, 2013). "Larry Crim Files as Democratic Candidate for U.S. Senate". Knoxville News Sentinel. 
  30. ^ Garrison, Joey (August 12, 2013). "Jacob Maurer, not just Larry Crim, seeking ’14 Democratic nomination for U.S.Senate". The Tennessean. Retrieved October 28, 2013. 
  31. ^ "Bredesen won't challenge Alexander". Politico. December 3, 2012. 
  32. ^ "Judge Joe Brown, Ousted from his CBS Courtroom, Could Run for the Senate". Memphis Flyer. April 21, 2013. 
  33. ^ Zelinski, Andrea (July 22, 2013). "Rep. Fitzhugh passes on run for governor". Nashville City Paper. Retrieved July 24, 2013. 
  34. ^ Garrison, Joey (August 12, 2013). "A year out, TN Democrats' search for governor, Senate candidates turning cold". The Tennessean. Retrieved August 20, 2013. 
  35. ^ a b c Adams challenges fellow Democrat Ball to debate in U.S. Senate primary race Knox News, 6 July 2014
  36. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k TN-SEN: Meet Terry Adams, Democratic Challenger to Sen. Lamar Alexander - Mar 12 Fundraiser (Video) Daily-KOS, 7 March 2014
  37. ^ "Timeline Photos - Terry Adams for U.S. Senate". Facebook. Retrieved 2014-07-25. 
  38. ^ "Times picks for U.S. Senate, governor". Chattanooga Times Free Press. Retrieved 2014-07-27. 
  39. ^ Ball, Gordon (March 20, 2014). "Pleased to announce that our campaign has been endorsed by Mayor AC Wharton of Memphis". Twitter. Retrieved April 2, 2014. 
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  41. ^ Harrison, James (August 22, 2013). "Sen. Lamar Alexander boasts Mike Huckabee endorsement". Nooga.com. Retrieved December 6, 2013. 
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  47. ^ http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/politics/2014/08/25/jim-cooper-council-members-lawmakers-endorse-gordon-ball/14577779/
  48. ^ Ball, Gordon (March 20, 2014). "Pleased to announce that our campaign has been endorsed by Mayor AC Wharton of Memphis". Twitter. Retrieved April 2, 2014. 
  49. ^ http://dannypageforsenate.com/press-releases/
  50. ^ https://www.facebook.com/801341203216745/photos/pb.801341203216745.-2207520000.1410460164./929586563725541/?type=3&theater
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  52. ^ http://dannypageforsenate.com/press-releases/
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  54. ^ http://dannypageforsenate.com/press-releases/
  55. ^ http://libertycandidates.com/2014/03/2014-liberty-candidate-danny-page/

External links[edit]

Official campaign websites