2010 Tennessee gubernatorial election

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Nominee Bill Haslam Mike McWherter
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 1,041,545 529,851
Percentage 65.0% 33.1%

Tennessee Governor Election Results by County, 2010.svg
County Results
Haslam:
     50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%
McWherter:
     40-50%      50–60%

Governor before election

Phil Bredesen
Democratic

Elected Governor

Bill Haslam
Republican

The 2010 Tennessee gubernatorial election took place on November 2, 2010. Incumbent Democratic Governor Phil Bredesen was term-limited and unable to seek re-election to a third term in office. Knoxville mayor Bill Haslam, the Republican nominee, defeated Democratic nominee Mike McWherter.

Non-partisan organizations The Cook Political Report,[1] CQ Politics,[2] and The New York Times[3] rated the gubernatorial election as leaning Republican, while The Rothenberg Political Report rated it as "Republican favored,"[4] RealClearPolitics[5] and Sabato's Crystal Ball[6] as "Likely Republican", and Rasmussen Reports as "Solid Republican."[7]

Primary election

The primary election was held on August 5, 2010.[8] A recorded debate Featuring 3 of the candidates, organized by campaign coordinator James Crenshaw, was held at the Scarett-Benett Center in Nashville, TN. [9]

Democratic primary

Candidates

Republican primary

Candidates

Polling

Poll source Dates administered Bill
Haslam
Ron
Ramsey
Zach
Wamp
Undecided
Mason-Dixon July 19–21, 2010 36% 20% 25% 17%
WSMV TV Channel 4 July 8, 2010 32% 11% 21% 36%

Results

County results
Republican primary results [18]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bill Haslam 341,229 47.3
Republican Zach Wamp 210,332 29.2
Republican Ron Ramsey 158,960 22.1
Republican Joe Kirkpatrick 6,775 0.9
Republican Basil Marceaux 3,508 0.5
Total votes 720,804 100

Independents

  • Bayron Binkley, broker[19]
  • Brandon Dodds, optometrist[20]
  • Samuel David Duck, Independent Federalist[21] (withdrew from race and endorsed Brandon Dodds)[22]
  • David Gatchell
  • June Griffin
  • Toni Hall
  • Floyd Knois
  • Boyce McCall
  • J. David Maharrey, Tea Party
  • Linda Kay Perry
  • James Reesor, Tennessee author[23]
  • Thomas Smith II
  • Howard Switzer,[24] Architect[25] (Green Party nominee; listed on the ballot as an independent)
  • Carl Twofeathers Whitaker, Native American Indian Movement chief[26]

General election

Simultaneous Haslam and McWherter rallies before the Highlands Town Hall Debate

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Mike
McWherter (D)
Bill
Haslam (R)
Other Unde-
cided
MTSU (report) October 24, 2010 635 ± 4% 29% 51% 4% 6%
MTSU (report) October 14, 2010 635 ± 4% 19% 41.6% 4% 36%
Rasmussen Reports (report) October 9, 2010 500 ± 4.5% 31% 59% 3% 6%
Rasmussen Reports (report) September 7, 2010 500 ± 4.5% 31% 59% 2% 7%
Rasmussen Reports (report) August 9, 2010 500 ± 4.5% 31% 56% 3% 10%
Mason-Dixon (report) July 19–21, 2010 625 ± 5.0% 31% 49% 20%
WSMV-TV Channel 4 (report) July 8, 2010 603 ± 4.0% 34% 60% 6%
Rasmussen Reports (report) June 15, 2010 500 ± 4.5% 32% 50% 5% 14%
Rasmussen Reports (report) March 22, 2010 500 ± 4.5% 27% 45% 5% 23%

Results

Tennessee gubernatorial election, 2010[27]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Bill Haslam 1,041,545 65.03% +35.83%
Democratic Mike McWherter 529,851 33.08% -35.24%
Independent Carl Twofeathers Whitaker 6,536 0.41%
Independent Brandon Dodds 4,728 0.29%
Independent Bayron Binkley 4,663 0.29%
Independent June Griffin 2,587 0.16%
Independent Linda Kay Perry 2,057 0.13%
Independent Howard M. Switzer 1,887 0.12%
Independent Samuel David Duck 1,755 0.11%
Independent Thomas Smith II 1,207 0.07%
Independent Toni K. Hall 993 0.06%
Independent David Gatchell 859 0.05%
Independent Boyce T. McCall 828 0.05%
Independent James Reesor 809 0.05%
Independent Mike Knois 600 0.03%
Independent Donald Ray McFolin 583 0.03%
Independent Write-Ins (3 candidates) 61 0.003%
Majority 511,694 32.21% -6.64%
Turnout 1,601,567
Republican gain from Democratic Swing

(Percentages rounded to nearest 1/100th, will not add up fully to 100%)

References

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  2. ^ "Races for Governor in 2010". CQ Politics. Archived from the original on August 19, 2010. Retrieved August 21, 2010.
  3. ^ "Governor Race Ratings". The New York Times. Retrieved August 21, 2010.
  4. ^ "Governor Ratings". The Rothenberg Political Report. July 1, 2010. Retrieved August 21, 2010.
  5. ^ "2010 Governor Races". RealClearPolitics. Retrieved August 21, 2010.
  6. ^ "Tennessee Governor 2010". Sabato's Crystal Ball. June 3, 2010. Retrieved August 21, 2010.
  7. ^ "Election 2010: Gubernatorial Scorecard". Rasmussen Reports. August 21, 2010. Retrieved August 21, 2010.
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  19. ^ "Binkley4Gov Blog « Binkley for Governor 2010". Binkley4governor.com. 2010-02-20. Archived from the original on 2010-10-22. Retrieved 2010-08-21.
  20. ^ "Home". DoddsForGov. Archived from the original on 2011-02-07. Retrieved 2010-08-21.
  21. ^ Samuel David Duck (2010-08-17). "Samuel David Duck, Independent for Governor of Tennessee in 2010". Duck4gov.com. Archived from the original on 2010-08-19. Retrieved 2010-08-21.
  22. ^ Samuel David Duck (2010-10-03). "We can't let the UN and CFR take the governorship" (PDF). duck4gov.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-10-09. Retrieved 2010-10-03.
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  24. ^ Ron Noonan says:. "Blog Archive » Green Party has candidate on ballot for Tennessee governor – America's #1 Source for Green Party News & Views". Green Party Watch. Retrieved 2010-08-21.
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  27. ^ http://www.tn.gov/sos/election/results/2010-11/GovCounty.pdf

External links

  • Tennessee Department of State – Elections
  • Tennessee Governor Candidates at Project Vote Smart
  • Campaign contributions for 2010 Tennessee Governor from Follow the Money
  • Tennessee Governor 2010 from OurCampaigns.com
  • 2010 Tennessee General Election graph of multiple polls from Pollster.com
  • Election 2010: Tennessee Governor from Rasmussen Reports
  • 2010 Tennessee Governor – Haslam vs. McWherter from Real Clear Politics
  • 2010 Tennessee Governor's Race from CQ Politics
  • Race Profile in The New York Times
Debates
  • Tennessee Gubernatorial Debate on C-SPAN, July 12, 2010
  • Tennessee Gubernatorial Debate[permanent dead link] including independent candidates on IRN, May 23, 2010
Official campaign websites (Archived)
  • Bill Haslam for Governor
  • Mike McWherter for Governor
  • Samuel David Duck for Governor
  • James Reesor for Governor
  • Carl "Two Feathers" Whitaker for Governor