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+Lamar Alexander (R) i
850,087
61.87%
Gordon Ball (D)
437,848
31.87%
Joe Wilmoth (C)
36,088
2.63%
Martin Pleasant (G)
12,570
0.91%
Tom Emerson, Jr.  (I)
11,157
0.81%
Danny Page (I)
7,713
0.56%
Rick Tyler (I)
5,759
0.42%
Joshua James (I) 5,678 0.41%
Bartholomew J. Phillips (I)
2,386
0.17%
Edmund L. Gauthier (I) 2,314
0.17%
Eric Schechter (I)
1,673
0.12%
C. Salekin (I) 787
0.06%
write-ins (2)
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1,374,065

Plurality: 412,239 votes (30.00 percentage points).
 TN Secretary of State



Notes: 
After a wake-up call primary, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R) easily defeated Gordon Ball (D), a wealthy class action attorney from Knoxville, and ten other candidates in the general election.

Both major parties had competitive primaries on Aug. 7.  Alexander's nine percentage point win over state Rep. Joe Carr prompted a lot of pundit chatter; he obtained just 49.65% of the vote to 40.61% for Carr; five other candidates were in single figures.  Ball emerged from a field of four, obtaining 36.45% of the vote to 35.61% for Terry Adams, 17.66% for Gary Gene Davis and 10.28% for Larry Crim.

Alexander refused to debate; the two candidates' only joint appearance was at a Tennessee Farm Bureau forum on Oct. 16.


Campaign Managers:
Lamar Alexander  Alice Rolli
(Jan. 2013)  Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development assistant commissioner for strategy from May 2012.  General manager and vice president at WorldStrides, May 2006-Apr. 2012.  Special assistant to Sen. Alexander, June 2002-Feb. 2005.  High school English teacher at Birmingham High School in the LAUSD, Aug. 2001-June 2002.  B.A. in international relations from Stanford University, 2001.


Gordon Ball  Matt Kuhn
Partner and senior campaign strategist at New Blue Strategies in Memphis from Mar. 2012.  Project manager for The Saint Consulting Group, May 2011-Dec. 2012.  Development director for Caissa Public Strategy, Jan.-May 2012.  Policy advisor to the Mayor (Dec. 2009-Sept. 2010) and commissioner (Feb.-Dec. 2009) for Shelby County Government.  Senior director for franchise development for Lenny's Sub Shop, Jan. 2007-Feb. 2010.  Political operative at The Saint Consulting Group, Aug. 2002-June 2005.  CAO of the Shelby County Juvenile Court Clerk's Office, Aug. 2001-Aug. 2002.  Master's degree in political management from the Graduate School of Political Management at GWU, 1997; B.S. in political science and government from University of Evansvillle, 1994.







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