Early voting down 8% compared with 2018 primary

Early voting was down 8% compared with Tennessee’s 2018 primary election featuring a heated governor’s race and another open U.S. Senate seat.

Republican voting was down 11%, while Democratic turnout was up 2%. GOP voters still showed up in far greater numbers than Democrats, 354,600 to 215,790.

Only 21 counties saw increases in Republican early voting, led by a 63% growth in Washington County in the heart of the 1st Congressional District, where 16 Republicans are vying to succeed retiring U.S. Rep. Phil Roe (R-Johnson City). Other counties in the district posing GOP gains included Unicoi (21%), Sullivan (14%), Sevier (11%), and Grainger (8%). Turnout decreased in the district’s remaining counties: Jefferson (-9%), Hamblen (-13%), Greene (-21%), Johnson (-23%), Hancock (-28%), and Cocke (-30%).

Democratic turnout saw its biggest boost in Davidson County, where early voting was up 53% compared with two years ago. Knox County also saw a Democratic gain of 29%, while GOP turnout dropped 10%. In Hamilton County, Democrats saw a 24% increase but Republican turnout also grew 19%.

In Shelby County, which usually accounts for the state’s largest turnout for both parties, Democratic early voting was down 4%, while GOP balloting cratered by 25%.

The full early voting list by county compared with the 2018 primary follows below.

County GOP  GOP change Dem Dem change Total Total change
Anderson 4,574 -14% 2,316 -5% 6,927 -12%
Bedford 2,383 -33% 631 -45% 3,032 -38%
Benton 1,599 -9% 508 -48% 2,155 -24%
Bledsoe 462 -30% 129 -48% 596 -38%
Blount 8,081 2% 2,650 13% 10,734 4%
Bradley 7,398 -10% 1,234 -3% 8,713 -9%
Campbell 1,575 -56% 305 -67% 1,918 -63%
Cannon 659 -47% 149 -62% 821 -55%
Carroll 1,915 -14% 500 -32% 2,425 -22%
Carter 3,936 -10% 397 -10% 4,344 -11%
Cheatham 2,652 1% 1,236 10% 3,909 2%
Chester 1,683 9% 312 -3% 2,169 5%
Claiborne 2,751 -18% 558 -33% 3,625 -26%
Clay 406 -47% 117 -72% 536 -60%
Cocke 2,595 -30% 257 -26% 2,864 -30%
Coffee 4,137 -2% 1,232 -31% 5,461 -10%
Crockett 959 1% 224 -49% 1,253 -14%
Cumberland 5,384 2% 1,195 6% 6,650 3%
Davidson 19,800 -9% 55,112 53% 75,543 30%
Decatur 948 -28% 222 -53% 1,203 -45%
DeKalb 996 -23% 437 -36% 1,488 -34%
Dickson 2,214 -19% 1,180 -16% 3,460 -18%
Dyer 1,719 -40% 465 -25% 2,209 -39%
Fayette 2,660 -24% 956 -10% 3,653 -23%
Fentress 1,559 -42% 266 -56% 1,904 -53%
Franklin 2,670 -6% 815 -36% 3,521 -15%
Gibson 1,903 -37% 504 -48% 2,439 -43%
Giles 2,095 -22% 705 -28% 2,949 -24%
Grainger 1,399 8% 190 9% 1,603 8%
Greene 3,880 -21% 640 -20% 4,573 -22%
Grundy 918 35% 266 -42% 1,247 2%
Hamblen 2,917 -13% 494 1% 3,429 -11%
Hamilton 14,175 19% 11,593 24% 26,343 23%
Hancock 329 -28% 35 -30% 375 -34%
Hardeman 1,197 -13% 1,040 -28% 2,252 -26%
Hardin 2,239 -14% 331 -40% 2,637 -24%
Hawkins 3,682 4% 362 -36% 4,071 -1%
Haywood 614 -45% 776 -46% 1,407 -47%
Henderson 2,370 -17% 228 -31% 2,605 -20%
Henry 2,286 -25% 762 -7% 3,112 -20%
Hickman 1,135 -39% 340 -62% 1,485 -50%
Houston 628 -32% 212 -66% 854 -48%
Humphreys 1,261 0% 530 -44% 1,815 -21%
Jackson 782 -5% 341 -30% 1,315 -17%
Jefferson 3,517 -9% 505 -18% 4,055 -10%
Johnson 1,921 -23% 169 -51% 2,097 -33%
Knox 28,967 -10% 17,219 29% 46,606 2%
Lake 427 -33% 154 -41% 636 -45%
Lauderdale 1,075 -3% 754 -31% 1,928 -14%
Lawrence 1,944 -27% 510 -42% 2,531 -31%
Lewis 1,311 -8% 192 -45% 1,615 -24%
Lincoln 2,167 21% 556 17% 2,842 18%
Loudon 6,339 -7% 1,412 39% 7,809 -1%
Macon 1,318 -63% 166 -69% 1,504 -69%
Madison 4,245 -27% 3,151 -13% 7,519 -21%
Marion 1,603 31% 797 8% 2,433 22%
Marshall 2,609 -5% 626 -33% 3,244 -13%
Maury 5,210 -27% 1,912 -25% 7,219 -29%
McMinn 2,932 -18% 645 12% 3,613 -14%
McNairy 1,989 5% 293 -49% 2,300 -20%
Meigs 781 -24% 201 -53% 988 -35%
Monroe 3,441 -19% 740 -37% 4,341 -24%
Montgomery 7,756 25% 4,135 -2% 12,111 15%
Moore 797 -24% 163 -50% 995 -29%
Morgan 984 -44% 203 -62% 1,213 -53%
Obion 1,996 -34% 301 -61% 2,305 -45%
Overton 1,056 -28% 409 -63% 1,484 -44%
Perry 824 -20% 137 -33% 980 -26%
Pickett 468 -12% 135 -42% 648 -26%
Polk 1,328 31% 472 -28% 1,978 6%
Putnam 4,767 -2% 1,311 -30% 6,115 -11%
Rhea 2,018 -31% 387 -43% 2,442 -35%
Roane 4,825 -5% 1,460 -14% 6,441 -8%
Robertson 3,620 -23% 1,200 -35% 4,867 -27%
Rutherford 15,241 5% 9,425 17% 24,885 9%
Scott 1,072 -62% 128 -75% 1,233 -74%
Sequatchie 918 -51% 166 -67% 1,103 -60%
Sevier 5,023 11% 890 34% 5,940 14%
Shelby 24,926 -25% 50,512 -4% 76,091 -12%
Smith 1,823 -21% 554 -32% 2,421 -23%
Stewart 1,164 -32% 277 -65% 1,451 -46%
Sullivan 11,801 14% 1,613 -10% 13,494 10%
Sumner 6,909 -14% 2,963 10% 9,964 -7%
Tipton 3,940 1% 839 -24% 4,798 -5%
Trousdale 745 -12% 298 -36% 1,317 -16%
Unicoi 1,910 21% 203 4% 2,115 18%
Union 696 -47% 198 -35% 932 -50%
Van Buren 285 -30% 85 -70% 370 -51%
Warren 2,192 -35% 906 -56% 3,144 -46%
Washington 11,568 63% 1,764 32% 13,419 57%
Wayne 1,294 -29% 126 -56% 1,442 -41%
Weakley 2,685 -3% 479 -45% 3,181 -17%
White 2,045 -17% 376 -49% 2,435 -26%
Williamson 15,522 4% 6,801 14% 22,616 8%
Wilson 11,081 -13% 4,120 -9% 15,418 -12%
Total 354,600 -11% 215,790 2% 578,252 -8%

4 Responses to Early voting down 8% compared with 2018 primary

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    MARLE says:

    Again….there was a mega gubernatorial race in the Rep primary in 2018. That along with Covid, along with a 6 or one/half dozen Senate race this year could explain the difference. It’s not enthusiasm for Trump if that’s where media is trying to take this.

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    There is NO enthusiasm for Trump and rightfully so! Dump Trump! The man is a disaster!

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