TENNESSEE 11 Electoral Votes
Population 
(Source: U.S. Census Bureau)
Total Population, July 2004 est.                    5,900,962 
Total Registration, Nov. 2004                        3,704,040
(Tennessee does not register voters by party). 
Tennessee has: 95 counties. 
Largest counties: Shelby, Davidson, Knox, Hamilton, Rutherford.
Largest cities: Memphis, Nashville-Davidson, Knoxville, Chattanooga.

Government
Governor: Phil Bredesen (D) elected November 2002.
State Legislature: Tennessee General Assembly  House: 99 seats  Senate: 33 seats
Local: Cities and Counties  NACO Counties
U.S. House: 5R,4D - 1. B.Jenkins (R) | 2. J.Duncan (R) | 3. Z.Wamp (R) | 4. L.Davis (R) | 5. J.Cooper (D) | 6. B.Gordon (D) | 7. M.Blackburn (R) | 8. J.Tanner (D) | 9. H.Ford,Jr. (D).
U.S. Senate: Lamar Alexander (R) elected in 2002, Bill Frist (R) re-elected in 2000.
There were no statewide races and no changes in the congressional delegation.  Republicans did pick up two State Senate seats to gain a majority, 17-16, for the first time in 140 years.  They gained one House seat but remained in the minority in the House.

The Volunteer State
 

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Constitution Party of TN
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Natural Law Party of TN
TN Democratic Party
TN Green Party
TN Reform Party
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Politics1-TN

 

General Election -- Tuesday, November 2, 2004
Registration Deadline: Postmarked by October 3, 2004. Registration in person depends on each county election commissionís office hours, either October 1 or 2, 2004.
 
Early voting: October 13-28, 2004.
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 
Early Votes: 1,107,398 (45.08% of total votes)
Absentee by Mail: 54,495
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

(State Primary: August 5, 2004)
Past Results
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%

1992
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

2000
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
15-day early voting period: Oct. 18-Nov. 2, 2000.  749,170 early votes (35.67% of total).
There  were also 47,954 absentee by mail voters.

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


Presidential Preference Primary -- Tuesday, February 10, 2004
On May 5, 2003 the House passed HB 432 by a vote of 90 to 0 and on May 28 the Senate approved the measure in a 31 to 0 vote >.  A provision of the bill changed the date of the presidential preference primary from the second Tuesday in March to the second Tuesday in February.  Tennessee has early voting, starting 20 days before an election, on January 21, 2004.

T.C.A. 2-5-205 sets out two ways for candidate to appear on the presidential preference primary ballot.  In the first category are "persons who the secretary of state, in the secretary of state's sole discretion, has determined are generally advocated or recognized as candidates in national news media throughout the United States."  The secretary of state is to submit such names to the state election commission.  The second route is to submit nominating petitions signed by at least 2,500 registered voters of the party.

TN Democratic Party's '04 Primary page    CLARK DEAN EDWARDS KERRY KUCINICH former GEPHARDT

Democratic - Presidential Primary: Tuesday, February 10, 2004. 85 Delegates (69 Pledged, 16 Unpledged ) and 11 Alternates.
ballot Official Results
Votes
Percent
Carol Moseley Braun
2,490
0.67%
Wesley Clark
85,315
23.10%
Howard Dean
16,128
4.37%
John Edwards
97,914
26.51%
Dick Gephardt
1,402
0.38%
+John F. Kerry
151,527
41.02%
Dennis J. Kucinich
2,279
0.62%
Lyndon H. LaRouche
283
0.08%
Joseph I. Lieberman
3,213
0.87%
Al Sharpton
6,107
1.65%
Uncommitted
2,727
0.74%
Total
369,385
104,602 of the 369,385 votes, or 28.32%, were cast in the 14-day early voting period:
% of early
votes/day
1/21 5,963 5.7%
1/22 5,295 5.1%
1/23 5,615 5.4%
1/24 2,741 2.4%
1/26 6,080 5.8%
1/27 4,488 4.3%
1/28 5,619 5.4%
1/29 6,584 6.3%
1/30 7,345 7.0%
1/31 4,223 4.0%
2/2 7,637 7.3%
2/3 10,342 9.9%
2/4 16,052 15.3%
2/5 16,618 15.9%

Republican - Presidential Primary: Tuesday, February 10, 2004. 55 Delegates and  Alternates.
 

2000 page, including primary information>>
 
 

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