TENNESSEE 11 Electoral Votes 
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Population 
(Source: U.S. Census Bureau)
Total Resident Population, July 1, 2019 est.                    6,829,174
Total Registration, Nov. 2020                                                >
(Tennessee does not register voters by party). 
Tennessee has: 95 counties. 
Largest counties: Shelby, Davidson, Knox, Hamilton, Rutherford.
Largest cities: Nashville-Davidson, Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga.

Government
Governor: Bill Lee (R) elected in 2018. 
State Legislature: Tennessee General Assembly  House: 99 seats  Senate: 33 seats
Local: Counties, Cities   NACO
U.S. House: 7R, 2D - 1. P.Roe (R) | 2. T.Burchett (R) | 3. C.Fleischmann (R) | 4. S.DesJarlais (R) | 5. J.Cooper (D) | 6. J.Rose (R) | 7. M.Green (R) | 8. D.Kustoff (R) | 9. S.Cohen (D).
U.S. Senate: Lamar Alexander (R) retiring in 2020, Marsha Blackburn (R) elected in 2018. 
2020
U.S. Senate: Sen. Lamar Alexander (D), first elected in 2002, is not seeking re-election.  There were competitive primaries on Aug. 6.  Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty (R), endorsed by Trump, faces Memphis activist Marquita Bradshaw (D), the upset winner of the Democratic primary; there are as well nine independent candidates.
U.S. House:
In TN-1 (eastern tip), Rep. Phil Roe (R), first elected in 2008, is retiring.  Running in this solidly Republican district are pharmacist Diana Harshbarger (R), USAF veteran Blair Walsingham (D) and Steve Holder (I).

State Legislature: All 99 House seats and 16 of 33 Senate seats are up. 

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The Volunteer State
General Election -- Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Voter registration deadline
: Oct. 5, 2020.


Early voting in person: Oct. 14-Oct. 29, 2020.


On the ballot
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Trump/Pence (Rep.)


Biden/Harris (Dem.)


Blankenship/Mohr (Ind.)


De La Fuente/Richardson (Ind.)


Hawkins/Walker (Ind.)


Jorgensen/Cohen (Ind.)


Kennedy/Jarrett (Ind.)


La Riva/Freeman (Ind.)


West/Tidball (Ind.)


w/ins






Ballot Access:  Tennessee is one of the easier states for an independent candidate for president to qualify for the ballot, requiring petitions with signatures and addresses of at least 275 voters.  Petitions available May 22, 2020 and must be returned by 12:00 noon on Aug. 20, 2020. >
Overview: Tennessee's 11 electoral votes are almost certain to end up in the Republican column.

[State Primary: August 6, 2020]
Presidential Preference Primary -- Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Democrats
Biden 215,390 (41.72%), Sanders 129,168 (25.02%), Bloomberg 79789 (15.46%), Warren 53,732 (10.41%)...  Total 516,250.  details 

73 Delegates: 42 District, 14 At-Large, 8 PLEO, 9 Unpledged.


Republicans
Trump 384,266 (96.47%), Walsh 4,178 (1.05%), Weld 3,922 (0.98%), Uncomm. 5,948 (1.49%).  Total: 398,314.


General Election Winners in Tennessee, 1992-2016
1992 1996 2000 2004 2008 2012 2016
Clinton
47.08%
Clinton
48.00%
Bush
51.14%
Bush
56.80%
McCain
56.90%
Romney
59.48%
Trump
60.72%
  and the details...

General Election -- Tuesday, November 8. 2016
Voting Eligible Population*: 4,899,384.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 51.2%.


Voter registration deadline: Oct. 11, 2016.


Early voting in person: Oct. 19-Nov. 3, 2016.


Official Results >

 
+Trump/Pence (Rep.)
1,522,925
(60.72)
Clinton/Kaine (Dem.)
870,695
(34.72)
De La Fuente/Steinberg (Ind.)
4,075
(0.16)
Johnson/Weld (Ind.)
70,397
(2.81)
Kennedy/Hart (Ind.)
2,877
(0.11)
Smith/White (Ind.)
7,276
(0.29)
Stein/Baraka (Ind.)
15,993
(0.64)
McMulllin (w/in)
11,991
(0.48)
Castle (w/in)
1,584
(0.06)
more w/ins (6)
214
-
Total........2,508,027

more w/ins: Cherunda Fox 6   Tom Hoefling 132  Kyle Kenley Kopitke 0   Laurence Kotlikoff 20    David Limbaugh 53    Marshall Schoenke 3

Total votes cast: 2,545,271  ...includes:
Absentee by mail voters: 64,199
Early voters: 1,625,790
Overview: As expected Tennessee ended up squarely in the Trump column.  The Republican ticket amassed a plurality of 652,230 votes (26.00 percentage points), carrying all but three counties (Shelby, Davidson, and Haywood)66.4% of votes were cast absentee by mail or early vote.
   There were few visits by the principals: Tim Kaine did a fundraiser at Valentino's Ristorante in Nashville on Aug. 23; Jill Stein rallied  at Amurica Studios in Memphis on Oct. 3; and Bill Weld rallied at Minglewood Hall in Memphis on the evening of Nov. 2.  Additionally Donald Trump Jr. did a fundraiser at the home of Sandy and Mike Stresser in Franklin on Sept. 1.
   Constitution Party nominee Darrell Castle, a Tennessee native who practices law in Memphis, failed to make the ballot in his home state.
Clinton  |  Trump
BALLOT [PDF]
 
General Election -- Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Voting Eligible Population*: 4,563,192.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 57.0%.


Early votes: 1,407,021 (56.76% of total).

Absentee by mail votes: 65,323.

Total registration: 4,013,242.
Official Results >

 
+Romney/Ryan (Rep.)
1,462,330
(59.48)
Obama/Biden (Dem.)
960,709
(39.08)
Goode/Clymer (Const.)
6,022
(0.24)
Stein/Honkala (Grn.)
6,515
(0.26)
Anderson/Rodriguez (I)
2,639
(0.11)
Johnson/Gray (I)
18,623
(0.76)
Miller/Abernethy (I)
1,739
(0.07)
Total........2,458,577

Total votes cast: 2,478,870.
2012 Overview
The Romney-Ryan ticket won with a plurality of 501,621 votes (20.40 percentage points), carrying all but four counties (Shelby, Davidson, Hardeman and Haywood).  There were a few visits, most for fundraising: Mitt Romney (June 12 fundraiser in Nashville area; Romney also used the airport in Blountville a couple of times en route to events in Eastern Virginia), Ann Romney (Sept. 14 fundraiser in Chattanooga) and Paul Ryan (Sept. 27 fundraisers in Knoxville and Memphis); Joe Biden (May 7 fundraiser in Nashville) and Michelle Obama (June 28 A.M.E. Church Conference in Nashville and fundraiser in Memphis; April 17 fundraiser in Nashville); Green party nominee Jill Stein made four stops in Western and Central TN on Nov. 1; and Libertarian VP nominee Jim Gray appeared in Bristol and Johnson City on Oct. 15).
Obama  | 
(Romney)
BALLOT [PDF]

General Election -- Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Voting Eligible Population*: 4,533,233.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 57.3%.


Early votes: 1,516,031 (57.90% of total)
.

Absentee by mail votes: 63,929.

Total Registration: 3,946,481.



                           Official Results >


Obama/Biden (Dem.) 1,087,437
(41.83)
+McCain/Palin (Rep.)
1,479,178
(56.90)
Baldwin/Castle (Ind.)
8,191
(0.32)
Barr/Root (Ind.)
8,547
(0.33)
Charles Jay (Ind.)
1,011
(0.04)
McKinney/Clemente (Ind.)
2,499
(0.10)
Moore/Alexander (Ind.)
1,326
(0.05)
Nader/Gonzalez (Ind.)
11,560
(0.44)
Total........2,599,749


2008 Overview
McCain improved upon Bush's 2004 showing, gaining a plurality of 391,741 votes (15.07 percentage points) and carrying all but six counties (Shelby, Davidson, Hardeman, Haywood, Houston and Jackson).  The presidential campaign came to Tennessee for the second presidential debate at Belmont University in Nashville on Oct. 7, 2008, but otherwise was quiet (visits).  A minor party note: Constitution Party vice presidential nominee Darrell Castle is a Tennessee native.
Obama/Allies  |  McCain/Allies  |  Nader 

General Election -- Tuesday, November 2, 2004
Voting Eligible Population*4,328,446.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 56.3%.



Early voting: Oct. 13-28, 2004 (15 days).

Early votes: 1,107,398 (45.08% of total).

Absentee by mail votes: 54,495.

Total Registration: 3,704,040.
Official Results >


Kerry/Edwards (Dem.)
1,036,477
(42.53)
+Bush/Cheney (Rep.)
 1,384,375
(56.80)
Michael Badnarik (Ind.) 4,866 (0.20)
Ralph Nader (Ind.) 8,992
(0.37)
Michael Peroutka (Ind.)
2,570
(0.11)
Walt Brown (w/in)
6
 - 
David Cobb (win)
 33
Total........2,437,319
 




Total Votes Cast: 2,456,610 
2004 Overview
Bush won Tennessee with a comfortable plurality of 347,898 votes (14.27 percentage points), carrying 77 counties to 18 for Kerry.
General Election Details
Kerry/Allies  |  Bush-Cheney '04

General Election -- Tuesday, November 7, 2000
Voting Eligible Population*4,162,996.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 49.9%.


Early voting: Oct. 18-Nov. 2, 2000 (15 days).  Early votes: 749,170 (35.67% of total).

Absentee by mail votes: 47,954.

Official Results >             


Gore/Lieberman (Dem.)
981,720
(47.28)
+Bush/Cheney (Rep.)
1,061,949
(51.14)
C.G.Brown/S.Allen (Ind.)
1,606
(0.08)
Browne/Olivier (Lib.)
4,284
(0.21)
Buchanan/Foster (Ref.)
4,250
(0.20)
Hagelin/Goldhaber (Ref.)
613
(0.03)
Nader/LaDuke (Grn.)
19,781
 (0.95)
Phillips/Frazier (Ind.)
1,015
(0.04)
R.Venson/G.Kelly (Ind.)
535
(0.03)
Write-Ins
428
(0.02)
Total........2,076,181

Total Votes Cast: 2,100,241

2000 Overview
Vice President Gore represented Tennessee for 16 years as a congressman and Senator.  He still owns a farm in Carthage near where his mother lives.  He moved his national campaign headquarters to Nashville from Washington, DC in October 1999.  However, he still could not carry his home state; Gov. Bush won with a plurality of  80,299 votes (3.86 percentage points), carrying 59 counties to 36 for Gore. 
General Election Activity

1992 and 1996 General Elections
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Clinton (Dem.).......933,521
(47.08)
Bush (Rep.)...........841,300
(42.43)
Perot (Ind.)............199,968
(10.08)
Others (11+w/ins)......7,849
(0.40)
Total........1,982,638

1996
Clinton (Dem.).......909,146
(48.00)
Dole (Rep.)............863,530
(45.59)
Perot (Ind.)...........105,918
(5.59)
Others (7+scat.)......16,111
(0.85)
Total........1,894,105
399,317 early votes/1,918,156 total votes- (20.82%)