United States Senate election in Tennessee, 2002

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United States Senate election in Tennessee, 2002

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  Lamar Alexander black and white photo.jpg BobClement.jpg
Nominee Lamar Alexander Bob Clement
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 891,420 728,295
Percentage 54.27% 44.34%

2002 Tennessee Senate results by county.png
Blue counties won by Clement.
Red counties won by Alexander.

Senator before election

Fred Thompson
Republican

Elected Senator

Lamar Alexander
Republican

The 2002 United States Senate election in Tennessee was held on November 5, 2002. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Fred Thompson decided to retire. Republican Lamar Alexander won the open seat.

Republican primary

Candidates

Results

Republican Primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Lamar Alexander 295,052 53.79%
Republican Ed Bryant 233,678 42.60%
Republican Mary Taylor-Shelby 5,589 1.02%
Republican June Griffin 4,930 0.90%
Republican Michael Brent Todd 4,002 0.73%
Republican James E. DuBose 3,572 0.65%
Republican Christopher G. Fenner 1,552 0.28%
Republican Write-ins 107 0.03%
Total votes 548,482 100.00%

Democratic primary

Candidates

  • Bob Clement, U.S. Representative
  • Gary G. Davis, perennial candidate
  • Cher A. Hopkey
  • Michael L. Hampstead
  • Alvin M. Strauss

Results

Democratic primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bob Clement 418,172 82.18%
Democratic Gary G. Davis 50,563 9.94%
Democratic Cher A. Hopkey 14,481 2.85%
Democratic Michael L. Hampstead 12,940 2.54%
Democratic Alvin M. Strauss 12,241 2.41%
Democratic Write-ins 478 0.08%
Total votes 508,875 100.00%

General Election

Campaign

Alexander raised $2 million through June 2002.[3] Clement attacked the Governor for his corporate connections and business dealings. By October, Clement had nearly raised $900,000, while Alexander raised almost $3 million.[4] Bush, who had a 60% approval rating in the state, helped campaign and raise money for Alexander.[5] Alexander was also endorsed by the NRA.[6]

Debates

  • Complete video of debate, September 30, 2002
  • Complete video of debate, October 6, 2002

Polling

In a September The Knoxville News-Sentinel poll, Alexander was up 45% to 27%. In a DNSC poll during the same month, Alexander was up 49% to 42%. In a mid October Zogby poll had the governor leading 49% to 36%.[7] A late October WREG-TV poll had Alexander leading 45% to 36%.[8]

Results

United States Senate election in Tennessee, 2002[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Lamar Alexander 891,498 54.28% -7.09%
Democratic Bob Clement 728,232 44.34% +7.52%
Independent John Jay Hooker 6,401 0.39%
Independent Wesley M. Baker 6,106 0.37%
Independent Connie Gammon 5,349 0.33%
Independent Karl Stanley Davidson 2,217 0.13%
Independent Basil Marceaux 1,170 0.07%
Write-ins 356 0.02%
Majority 163,266 9.94% -14.61%
Turnout 1,642,432
Republican hold Swing

References

  1. ^ http://www.tn.gov/sos/election/results/2002-8/us-senate-rp8-02.pdf
  2. ^ http://www.tn.gov/sos/election/results/2002-8/us-senate-dp8-02.pdf
  3. ^ http://0-infoweb.newsbank.com/iw-search/we/InfoWeb?p_product=NewsBank&p_theme=aggregated5&p_action=doc&p_docid=0F3F35A6FADD62C1&p_docnum=2&p_queryname=15
  4. ^ http://0-infoweb.newsbank.com/iw-search/we/InfoWeb?p_product=NewsBank&p_theme=aggregated5&p_action=doc&p_docid=0F6B623AA37922AC&p_docnum=6&p_queryname=18
  5. ^ http://0-infoweb.newsbank.com/iw-search/we/InfoWeb?p_product=NewsBank&p_theme=aggregated5&p_action=doc&p_docid=0F619F2C1D75492C&p_docnum=4&p_queryname=15
  6. ^ http://0-infoweb.newsbank.com/iw-search/we/InfoWeb?p_product=NewsBank&p_theme=aggregated5&p_action=doc&p_docid=0F71FA86E46BE3D8&p_docnum=16&p_queryname=18
  7. ^ http://0-infoweb.newsbank.com/iw-search/we/InfoWeb?p_product=NewsBank&p_theme=aggregated5&p_action=doc&p_docid=110FA9E198336770&p_docnum=14&p_queryname=18
  8. ^ http://0-infoweb.newsbank.com/iw-search/we/InfoWeb?p_product=NewsBank&p_theme=aggregated5&p_action=doc&p_docid=0F75BDFE8D07F58E&p_docnum=4&p_queryname=18
  9. ^ http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/2002/2002Stat.htm#42
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