2016 United States House of Representatives elections in Tennessee

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United States House of Representatives elections in Tennessee, 2016

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All nine Tennessee seats to the United States House of Representatives
  Majority party Minority party
 
Party Republican Democratic
Last election 7 2
Seats won 7 2
Seat change Steady Steady
Popular vote 1,493,740 814,181
Percentage 62.47% 34.05%
Swing Increase0.56% Increase1.35%

The 2016 United States House of Representatives elections in Tennessee were held on November 8, 2016, to elect the nine U.S. Representatives from the state of Tennessee, one from each of the state's nine congressional districts. The elections coincided with the elections of other federal and state offices, including President of the United States. The primaries were held on August 4.

District 1[edit]

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Phil Roe, U.S. Representative
  • Clint Tribble, conservative activist and YouTube personality

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Phil Roe (incumbent) 35,350 82.2
Republican Clint Tribble 7,673 17.8
Total votes 43,023 100.0

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Alan Bohms, executive director of the Volunteer Firefighter Alliance

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Alan Bohms 4,161 100.0

General election[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Phil Roe (Republican), U.S. Representative
  • Alan Bohms (Democratic), Executive director of the Volunteer Firefighter Alliance
  • Robert Franklin (Independent), U.S. Navy veteran
  • Paul Krane (Independent write-in), student

Results[edit]

Tennessee's 1st congressional district, 2016[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Phil Roe (incumbent) 198,293 78.4
Democratic Alan Bohms 39,024 15.4
Independent Robert Franklin 15,702 6.2
Independent Paul Krane (write-in) 6 0.0
Total votes 253,025 100.0
Republican hold

District 2[edit]

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John J. Duncan, Jr. (incumbent) 28,806 100.0

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • StuaRert Starr (Democratic), IT business owner and union organizer

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic StuaRert Starr 7,851 100.0

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

Tennessee's 2nd congressional district, 2016[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John J. Duncan, Jr. (incumbent) 212,455 75.6
Democratic Stuart Starr 68,401 24.4
Total votes 280,856 100.0
Republican hold

District 3[edit]

Republican primary[edit]

Incumbent Republican Representative Chuck Fleischmann won his primary with 84% of the vote.

Candidates[edit]

  • Chuck Fleischmann, Incumbent Republican Representative
  • Allan Levene
  • Geoffery Suhmer Smith

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Chuck Fleischmann (incumbent) 31,964 83.9
Republican Geoffery Suhmer Smith 3,076 8.1
Republican Allan Levene 3,059 8.0
Total votes 38,099 100.0

Democratic primary[edit]

The Democrats nominated Melody Shekari, a policy analyst for the Chattanooga Department of Transportation.[3]

Candidates[edit]

  • Michael Friedman
  • George Ryan Love
  • Melody Shekari

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Melody Shekari 8,660 53.9
Democratic Michael Friedman 5,329 33.2
Democratic George Ryan Love 2,070 12.9
Total votes 16,059 100.0

General election[edit]

Shekari was endorsed by the Chattanooga Times Free Press[4] and the Knoxville News Sentinel.[5] Fleischmann was heavily favored to win re-election.

Results[edit]

Tennessee's 3rd congressional district, 2016[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Chuck Fleischmann (incumbent) 176,613 66.4
Democratic Melody Shekari 76,727 28.9
Independent Rick Tyler 5,098 1.9
Independent Cassandra Mitchell 5,075 1.9
Independent Topher Kersting 2,493 0.9
Total votes 266,006 100.0
Republican hold

District 4[edit]

Republican primary[edit]

Scandal-ridden incumbent representative Scott DesJarlais had narrowly won his primary in 2012, and faced another competitive primary against Grant Starrett. While DesJarlais originally trailed Starrett in fundraising, the race tightened when a mailer sent out by the Starrett campaign sparked controversy over its alleged racism.[6]

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Scott DesJarlais (incumbent) 24,211 52.1
Republican Grant Starrett 20,138 43.3
Republican Erran Persley 1,615 3.5
Republican Yomi Faparusi 493 1.1
Total votes 46,457 100.0

Democratic primary[edit]

Steven Reynolds, a manager in the construction industry, won the uncontested Democratic Primary.[7]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Steven Reynolds 11,511 100.0

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

Tennessee's 4th congressional district, 2016[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Scott DesJarlais (incumbent) 165,796 65.0
Democratic Steven Reynolds 89,141 35.0
Total votes 254,937 100.0
Republican hold

District 5[edit]

Democratic primary[edit]

Incumbent Representative Jim Cooper won the uncontested Democratic Primary.

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jim Cooper (incumbent) 32,103 100.0

Republican primary[edit]

Stacy Reis Snyder won the Republican Primary with 50.8% of the vote.

Candidates[edit]

  • Jody Ball
  • John "Big John" Smith
  • Stacy Ries Snyder

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Stacy Ries Snyder 7,666 50.8
Republican John "Big John" Smith 4,295 28.5
Republican Jody Ball 3,124 20.7
Total votes 15,085 100.0

General election[edit]

Democrat Jim Cooper is heavily favored to win re-election due to Nashville's partisan composition.

Results[edit]

Tennessee's 5th congressional district, 2016[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jim Cooper (incumbent) 171,111 62.6
Republican Stacy Ries Snyder 102,433 37.4
Total votes 273,544 100.0
Democratic hold

District 6[edit]

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Diane Black, incumbent U.S. Representative
  • Joe Carr, former state representative
  • Donald Strong
  • Tommy Hay

Results[edit]

Joe Carr attempted to ride anti-establishment sentiment to defeat incumbent Diane Black, who was openly considering a future run for governor. Despite a strong challenge, Black won re-election by a larger margin than expected.[8]

Republican primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Diane Black (incumbent) 33,215 63.7
Republican Joe Carr 16,665 31.9
Republican Donald Strong 1,354 2.6
Republican Tommy Hay 945 1.8
Total votes 52,179 100.0

Democratic primary[edit]

David Kent defeated Flo Matheson to be the Democratic nominee.

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic David Kent 7,551 67.0
Democratic Flo Matheson 3,714 33.0
Total votes 11,265 100.0

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

Tennessee's 6th congressional district, 2016[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Diane Black (incumbent) 202,234 71.1
Democratic David Kent 61,995 21.8
Independent David Ross 20,261 7.1
Total votes 284,490 100.0
Republican hold

District 7[edit]

Republican primary[edit]

Incumbent Republican Representative Marsha Blackburn and Democrat Tharon Chandler both ran in uncontested primaries.

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Marsha Blackburn (incumbent) 38,490 100.0

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Tharon Chandler

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Tharon Chandler 9,956 100.0

General election[edit]

Blackburn dramatically outspent Chandler and easily won re-election.

Results[edit]

Tennessee's 7th congressional district, 2016[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Marsha Blackburn (incumbent) 200,407 72.2
Democratic Tharon Chandler 65,226 23.5
Independent Leonard D. Ladner 11,880 4.3
Total votes 277,513 100.0
Republican hold

District 8[edit]

Incumbent Republican Stephen Fincher announced he would not run for reelection.[9] David Kustoff won the crowded Republican primary with 27% of the vote.[10]

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared
Declined

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican David Kustoff 16,889 27.4
Republican George Flinn 14,200 23.1
Republican Mark H. Luttrell 10,878 17.7
Republican Brian Kelsey 7,942 12.9
Republican Brad Greer 6,819 11.1
Republican Tom Leatherwood 2,620 4.3
Republican Hunter Baker 1,014 1.6
Republican Ken Atkins 410 0.7
Republican Raymond Honeycutt 231 0.4
Republican George B. Howell 211 0.3
Republican David Wharton 131 0.2
Republican Dave Bault 109 0.2
Republican David J Maldonado 76 0.1
Total votes 61,530 100.0

Democratic primary[edit]

Rickey Hobson, a manager at Delta Airlines and Fayette County resident, won the Democratic Primary with 55% of the vote.[24]

Candidates[edit]

  • Gregory Alan Frye
  • Rickey Hobson

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Rickey Hobson 7,774 54.8
Democratic Gregory Alan Frye 6,413 45.2
Total votes 14,187 100.0

General election[edit]

The 8th District, consisting of Memphis' suburbs and much of rural West Tennessee, is strongly Republican, foreshadowing a likely Kustoff win.

Results[edit]

Tennessee's 8th congressional district, 2016[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican David Kustoff 194,386 68.7
Democratic Rickey Hobson 70,925 25.1
Independent Shelia L. Godwin 6,442 2.3
Independent James Hart 4,057 1.4
Independent Adrian M. Montague 2,497 0.9
Independent Mark J. Rawles 2,445 0.9
Independent Karen Free Spirit Talley-Lane 1,981 0.7
Total votes 282,733 100.0
Republican hold

District 9[edit]

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Steve Cohen (incumbent) 35,645 85.5
Democratic Justin Ford 4,165 10.0
Democratic M. LaTroy Williams 1,452 3.5
Democratic Larry Crim 406 1.0
Total votes 41,668 100.0

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Wayne Alberson 38,490 100.0

Albertson won the uncontested primary.[26]

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

Tennessee's 9th congressional district, 2016[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Steve Cohen (incumbent) 171,631 78.7
Republican Wayne Alberson 41,123 18.9
Independent Paul Cook 5,203 2.4
Total votes 217,957 100.0
Democratic hold

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "Election Results - Primary". Tennessee Secretary of State. August 4, 2016. Retrieved December 1, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i https://sos-tn-gov-files.s3.amazonaws.com/USHousebyCountyNov2016.pdf}}
  3. ^ "A little about Melody Shekari, who is running for U.S. House District 3". Retrieved 2016-09-14.
  4. ^ "Chattanooga Times announces endorsement for 3rd District House seat". Retrieved 2016-09-14.
  5. ^ "Roe, Fleischmann, Shekari picks for primary election". Retrieved 2016-09-14.
  6. ^ "Grant Starrett mailer attacking DesJarlais also offends Muslims". Retrieved 2016-09-14.
  7. ^ "Steven Reynolds for US Congress". Retrieved 2016-09-14.
  8. ^ "U.S. Rep. Diane Black crushes Joe Carr in GOP primary". Retrieved 2016-09-14.
  9. ^ Collins, Michael (February 1, 2016). "U.S. Rep. Fincher says he won't run for reelection". The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved February 1, 2016.
  10. ^ "Memphis Jewish lawyer David Kustoff wins GOP primary in Tennessee". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. August 5, 2016. Retrieved August 5, 2016.
  11. ^ Humphrey, Tom (February 9, 2016). "Sixth GOP candidate files in 8th Congressional District". Humphrey on the Hill. Retrieved March 16, 2016.
  12. ^ Allen, Bob (March 8, 2016). "Baptist political science prof running for Congress". Baptist News Global. Retrieved March 16, 2016.
  13. ^ "Lee Harris Out, Steve Basar In?". Memphis Flyer. January 28, 2016. Retrieved February 3, 2016.
  14. ^ "Contenders Emerge for Fincher's Seat". Memphis Daily News. February 2, 2016. Retrieved February 3, 2016.
  15. ^ "Jackson businessman Brad Greer announces run for Congress". WBBJ-TV. February 4, 2016. Retrieved March 16, 2016.
  16. ^ a b "Tennessee's Stephen Fincher Won't Run in 2016". Roll Call. February 2, 2016. Retrieved February 3, 2016.
  17. ^ "Three candidates vying for Rep. Fincher's congressional seat". WREG. February 2, 2016. Retrieved February 3, 2016.
  18. ^ "U.S. Rep. Fincher not seeking re-election". Jackson SUn. February 1, 2016. Retrieved February 3, 2016.
  19. ^ Callahan, Jody; Royer, David (February 29, 2016). "Luttrell announces his run for Congress". The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  20. ^ Collins, Michael (March 7, 2016). "Collierville businessman to seek Fincher's seat". The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved March 16, 2016.
  21. ^ "Republicans line up for Rep. Fincher's seat". Commercial Appeal. February 1, 2016. Retrieved February 3, 2016.
  22. ^ Locker, Richard (February 3, 2016). "State Rep. McManus changes his mind on Congressional run". The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved February 6, 2016.
  23. ^ Locker, Richard (March 3, 2016). "Norris says he won't run for Congress". The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved March 16, 2016.
  24. ^ "Rickey Hobson for Congress". rickeyhobson. Retrieved 2016-09-14.
  25. ^ "Tennessee Secretary of State" (PDF). tensos.net. Retrieved September 13, 2016.
  26. ^ "Tennessee Primary Election Results 2016: House Live Map by District, Real-Time Voting Updates". Election Hub. Retrieved 2016-09-14.