Tennessee - Governor

as of October 9

The Candidates

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Mike McWherter

  • Democrat
  • Birthdate: January 28, 1956
  • Residence: Jackson, TN

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Bill Haslam

  • Republican
  • Birthdate: August 23, 1958
  • Residence: Knoxville, TN

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Previous Results

    Tennessee Governor (2006)

    Candidate Party Votes %
    Phil Bredesen DEM 1,247,491 68.6%
    Jim Bryson REP 540,853 29.7%
    Carl Whitaker IND 11,374 0.6%
    George Banks IND 7,531 0.4%
    Charles Smith IND 4,083 0.2%
    Howard Switzer IND 2,711 0.1%
    David Gatchell IND 2,385 0.1%
    Marivuana Leinoff IND 2,114 0.1%

    U.S. President: Tennessee (2008)

    Candidate Party Votes %
    John McCain REP 1,479,178 56.9%
    Barack Obama DEM 1,087,437 41.8%
    Ralph Nader IND 11,560 0.4%
    Bob Barr IND 8,547 0.3%
    Chuck Baldwin IND 8,191 0.3%
    Cynthia McKinney IND 2,499 0.1%
    Brian Moore IND 1,326 0.1%
    Charles Jay IND 1,011 0%

    state Election Profile

Source: Associated Press

Recent Analysis

Oct 9, 2010

New Cook Political Report Rating

Safe-R (was Lean-R)

    Sep 27, 2010

    New Rothenberg Political Report Rating

    Safe-R (was Lean-R)

      Sep 3, 2010

      GOP's Haslam Has Good Shot Of Taking Over Tenn. Governorship

      Incumbent Phil Bredesen (D), first elected in 2002, is term limited. The Democrats' best chance of keeping the governorship ended when neither Rep. Zach Wamp nor Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey won the GOP primary. Both were controversial and both were described as too far to the right to win statewide ... at least that was the Democrats' line. The Republican nominee is instead Bill Haslam, the mayor of Knoxville, a wealthy and smart campaigner who projects a more moderate image. Democrats have put up businessman Mike McWherter, the son of former Gov. Ned McWherter. -Ken Rudin

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