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United States House of Representatives elections in Tennessee, 2006

The Tennessee U.S. House elections took place on November 7, 2006. All nine House seats for Tennessee were up for election.


  • Overview 1
  • District 1 2
  • District 2 3
  • District 3 4
  • District 4 5
  • District 5 6
  • District 6 7
  • District 7 8
  • District 8 9
  • District 9 10
  • References 11
  • See also 12


United States House of Representatives elections in Tennessee, 2006[1]
Party Votes Percentage Seats +/–
Democratic 860,861 50.18% 5
Republican 799,547 46.61% 4
Independents 55,018 3.21% 0
Totals 1,715,426 100.00% 9

District 1

Incumbent Republican Congressman Bill Jenkins, approaching his seventieth birthday, declined to seek a sixth term in order to spend more time with his family, creating an open seat. This staunchly conservative district, based in northeastern Tennessee, has been held by Republicans since 1881, one of the longest streaks out of any district nationwide. Republican State Representative David Davis won a narrow victory in the Republican primary and moved onto the general election, where he defeated Democratic candidate Rick Trent, a real estate businessman, and several independent candidates by a solid margin, but a smaller district than is normally seen in this district.

Tennessee's 1st congressional district election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican David Davis 108,336 61.11%
Democratic Rick Trent 65,538 36.97%
Independent Robert N. Smith 1,024 0.58%
Independent James W. Reeves 1,003 0.57%
Independent Michael Peavler 966 0.54%
Independent Michael Sabri 411 0.23%
Totals 177,278 100.00%
Republican hold

District 2

Incumbent Republican Congressman Jimmy Duncan, seeking a tenth term, faced no serious competition from two-time congressional candidate John Greene. This congressional district, based largely in the Knoxville Metropolitan Area, has been continuously held by the Republican Party since 1867 and has a long history of staunch conservatism. Duncan defeated Greene in an overwhelming landslide, as expected, winning another term in Congress.

Tennessee's 2nd congressional district election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jimmy Duncan (inc.) 157,095 77.72%
Democratic John Greene 45,025 22.28%
Totals 202,120 100.00%
Republican hold

District 3

This gerrymandered district, which stretches from the Chattanooga metropolitan area in southern Tennessee to Claiborne County in northern Tennessee, is strongly conservative and has been represented by Republican Congressman Zach Wamp since his initial 1994 election. Seeking a seventh term, Wamp easily dispatched Democratic nominee Brent Benedict to win re-election.

Tennessee's 3rd congressional district election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Zach Wamp (inc.) 130,791 65.69%
Democratic Brent Benedict 68,324 34.31%
Totals 199,115 100.00%
Republican hold

District 4

Incumbent Democratic Congressman Lincoln Davis has represented this district since his 2002 election, claiming the seat that Van Hilleary vacated to run for Governor of Tennessee. Though this district has become more conservative in decent years, it has a long history of electing Democratic Congressmen, including Jim Cooper, Al Gore, and Albert Gore, Sr.. It stretches from the outer reaches of the Nashville metropolitan area, hugs much of the southern Tennessee border, and shoots upwards to Campbell County in northern Tennessee. Davis ultimately defeated Republican candidate Kenneth Martin in a landslide win to seize a third term in Congress.

Tennessee's 4th congressional district election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Lincoln Davis (inc.) 123,666 66.45%
Republican Kenneth Martin 62,449 33.55%
Totals 186,115 100.00%
Democratic hold

District 5

This Democratic-leaning district, largely based in the city of Nashville, has been represented by Democratic Congressman Jim Cooper since 2002, though he had previously represented an adjacent district from 1983 to 1995. True to the district's liberal tilt, Cooper swamped Republican nominee Thomas Kovach and independent candidate Ginny Welsch to win a third term in Congress.

Tennessee's 5th congressional district election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jim Cooper (inc.) 122,919 69.00%
Republican Thomas F. Kovach 49,702 27.90%
Independent Ginny Welsch 3,766 2.11%
Independent Scott Knapp 1,755 0.99%
Totals 178,142 100.00%
Democratic hold

District 6

Incumbent Democratic Congressman Bart Gordon, a high-ranking member on the House Science and Technology Committee, sought a twelfth term in this increasingly conservative district based in the eastern suburbs of Nashville. In a testament to Gordon's moderate tenure, his widespread popularity, and the Democratic wave sweeping the country in 2006, Gordon was re-elected again with nearly seventy percent of the vote.

Tennessee's 6th congressional district election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bart Gordon (inc.) 129,069 67.09%
Republican David R. Davis 60,392 31.39%
Independent Robert L. Garrison 2,035 1.06%
Independent Norman R. Saliba 884 0.46%
Totals 192,380 100.00%
Democratic hold

District 7

This staunchly conservative district, which stretches from the western suburbs of Memphis, runs along the southern border of Tennessee, and hugs the western suburbs of Nashville, is the state's wealthiest. Incumbent Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn has represented this district since her election in 2002, replacing Republican Congressman Ed Bryant, who opted to run for Senate. Blackburn was victorious in her bid for a third term, defeating Democratic nominee Bill Morrison and five independents in a landslide.

Tennessee's 7th congressional district election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Marsha Blackburn (inc.) 152,288 66.05%
Democratic Bill Morrison 73,369 31.82%
Independent Kathleen A. Culver 1,806 0.78%
Independent Mickey White 898 0.39%
Independent William J. Smith 848 0.37%
Independent John L. Rimer 710 0.31%
Independent Gayl G. Pratt 663 0.29%
Totals 230,582 100.00%
Republican hold

District 8

This Republican-leaning district, rooted in the northwestern portion of the state, has been represented by moderate Democratic Congressman John S. Tanner since 1989, and, though it has grown more conservative over the years, has remained loyal to Tanner. Yet again, Tanner, who was seeking his ninth term in Congress, overwhelmed Republican nominee John Farmer to emerge victorious.

Tennessee's 8th congressional district election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John S. Tanner (inc.) 129,610 73.18%
Republican John Farmer 47,492 26.82%
Write-ins 6 0.00%
Totals 178,142 100.00%
Democratic hold

District 9

This district, based exclusively within the city of Memphis, has the distinction of being the state's most liberal district, the only district contained within one county, and Tennessee's only African-American majority district. Incumbent Democratic Congressman Harold Ford, Jr. opted to run for Senate rather than seeking a sixth term, creating an open seat. Democratic State Senator Steve Cohen won the Democratic primary to replace Ford with a slight plurality, which is tantamount to election in this district. Cohen faced Republican nominee Mark White and Jake Ford, the younger brother of Harold Ford, Jr. Cohen defeated both opponents by a solid margin, and held the distinction of being white and representing a solidly African-American district, a rarity.

Tennessee's 9th congressional district election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Steve Cohen 103,341 59.88%
Independent Jake Ford 38,243 22.16%
Republican Mark White 31,002 17.96%
Totals 172,586 100.00%
Democratic hold


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