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Aug 2 - Tennessee!

August marks the start of the final leg of the primary season after our July break. We kick off with Tennessee, and then its non-stop until Rhode Island and New York in mid-September!


For those of you just tuning in, this blog is covering Democratic primaries at all levels of government (including local races for Mayor, District Attorney, and Sheriff as much as possible!) Republicans can nominate who they want, I'm not writing about it :) If Emily's List has endorsed someone, that's who I endorse. (Emily's List is a PAC that support pro-choice Democratic women) If they haven't then I will give you the info on who I think has a good shot or sounds interesting. All opinions are my own! I believe strongly in paying attention to primaries, because #1, we the voters of the Democratic Party are the party, and we get to pick our candidates. You can't complain about how the two parties both suck, if you aren't involved in choosing your candidates. #2, is many areas one party is dominant so the winner is really chosen in the primary and the general election is just a formality, and #3, if you vote in the primary, you will be ready for the general, and we need some seriously good turnout this year! So let's get to it!


In TN, early voting starts the 28th and goes until THURSDAY Aug 2, which is slightly different from most states that do Tuesday, so plan accordingly!


Ok Tennessee has a lot of races, starting with Governor. The Republican incumbent is term-limited so there are a boatload of people running for this seat. 3 are Democrats in the primary - the 2 traditional candidates are former Nashville mayor Karl Dean and State House Minority leader Craig Fitzhugh. There is also an outsider candidate, Marijuana Legalization activist Mezianne Payne. Now while I am totally in favor of legal marijuana, I have to give the edge in conservative TN to Karl Dean, who is the middle of the 3 and pretty polished. TN has had a Dem governor quite recently (in fact he's running for Senate!) so this is not a totally out-of-reach race.


TN also has an open Senate race after Bob Corker was basically run out of town for opposing Trump. This could be a possible pickup, and in fact is a necessary pickup if we want to win back the Senate. There is only one candidate, former governor Phil Bredesen, who is facing only a couple of frequent candidates who don't have websites.


On to the House, none of TN's seat's are really competitive. They are all either very Republican or very Democratic. That being said, there are active primaries in Districts 2, 4, 6, 7, and 8, so check out the candidates anyway. Find their websites here.


Alld of TN's House and half the Senate are also up and having primaries. There are a number of open seats on the Republican side in the House, so lots of possible pickups!

In the Senate there are competitive primaries in:

SD19 (Nashville): an open safe Dem seat, THIS IS THE GENERAL!

SD 27 (Jackson and Dyersburg): 3 candidates are running to challenge the incumbent Republican.

SD 29 (Memphis): an open safe Dem seat, THIS IS THE GENERAL!

SD 31 (Memphis): 3 candidates are running to challenge the incumbent Republican, possible pickup!

SD 33 (Memphis): There is a primary challenge to the Dem incumbent in this safe seat.

Full List of Candidates


And in the State House!

HD 14 (Knoxville): 2 Dems are running to challenge the Republican incumbent.

HD 18 (Knoxville): 2 Dems are running to challenge the Republican incumbent.

HD 26 (Chattanooga): 2 Dems are running to flip the open seat!

HD 28 (Chattanooga): 5, yes 5 Dems are running for this safe Dem open seat. THIS IS THE GENERAL.

HD 33 (Knoxville suburbs): 2 Dems are running to challenge the Republican incumbent.

HD 46 (Lebanon): 2 Dems are running to challenge the Republican incumbent, who was appointed to fill the seat.

HD 49 (Nashville area): 2 Dems are running to challenge the Republican incumbent.

HD 51 (Nashville area): The Dem incumbent has a primary challenger in this safe Dem seat. THIS IS THE GENERAL.

HD 54 (Nashville area): 4 Dems are running for this safe Dem open seat. THIS IS THE GENERAL.

HD 58 (Nashville area): The Dem incumbent has a primary challenger in this safe Dem seat. THIS IS THE GENERAL.

HD 59 (Nashville area): 2 Dems are running for this safe Dem open seat. THIS IS THE GENERAL.

HD 67 (Clarksville): 2 Dems are running for this safe Dem open seat. THIS IS THE GENERAL.

HD 73 (Jackson): 2 Dems are running to flip the open seat!

HD 82 (Brownsville): 2 Dems are running for this Dem-held open seat. THIS IS THE GENERAL.

HD 85 (Memphis): 4 Dems are running for this safe Dem open seat. THIS IS THE GENERAL.

HD 86 (Memphis): 2 Dems are challenging the incumbent in this safe Dem seat.

HD 89 (Knoxville): 2 Dems are running to flip the open seat!

HD 90 (Memphis): The Dem incumbent has a primary challenger in this safe Dem seat. THIS IS THE GENERAL.

HD 91 (Memphis): 3 Dems are running for this Dem-help open seat. THIS IS THE GENERAL.

HD 93 (Memphis): The Dem incumbent has a primary challenger in this safe Dem seat. THIS IS THE GENERAL.

HD 98 (Memphis): The Dem incumbent has a primary challenger in this safe Dem seat. THIS IS THE GENERAL.


In local elections, Nashville is holding a special GENERAL election Aug 2 for Vice-mayor. Shelby County (Memphis) is also holding local general elections on Aug 2 for Mayor, Sheriff, and other local offices. Please check out these candidates and make sure police and criminal justice reform is getting talked about in this race!


Go for it, Tennessee!! #beavoter!



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