Dems gain one seat in state Senate, House makeup unchanged

The Senate meets in Nashville on June 1, 2020. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

With much of the vote tallied across the state, there were only handful of legislative races still in play.

In state Senate contests, Democratic challenger Heidi Campbell beat incumbent Sen. Steve Dickerson in Nashville, 52% to 48%.

Meanwhile, Republican Sen. Todd Gardenhire of Chattanooga held on to a 6 point win over Democrat Glenn Scruggs.

In House races, incumbent Memphis Rep. John DeBerry, who was stripped of his ability to run for re-election as a Democrat, lost to the party’s standard-bearer, Torrey Harris, 77% to 23%.

The open race to succeed retiring Rep. Jim Coley (R-Bartlett) had Republican John Gillespie bear Democrat Gabby Salinas by 485 votes. In another closely-watched Shelby County race, Rep. Mark White (R-Memphis) won by 9 points over Democrat Jerri Green.

With most of the vote counted in Rutherford County, Rep. Mike Sparks (R-Smyrna) beat Democrat Brandon Thomas by 9 points.

In Knox County, Republican businessman Eddie Mannis defeated Democrat Virginia Couch by 10 points to keep the seat in the Republican column following the retirement of Rep. Martin Daniel (R-Knoxville). Rep. Gloria Johnson (D-Knoxville) turned back a challenge from Republican Elaine Davis by 6 percentage points.

9 Responses to Dems gain one seat in state Senate, House makeup unchanged

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    Stuart I. Anderson says:

    Republicans maintain their super majorities in both houses of the Tennessee General Assembly keeping the Democratic Party a political afterthought in Tennessee for another two years.

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    Phillip Lassiter says:

    Dickerson loss is not relevant. Like one lib replacing another

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    Jason Wallflower says:

    Hey, Jennifer. Eddie Mannis won. Trump isn’t winning. Joke’s on you. Have a great day!

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Dear, dear Jason, too much CNN and MSNBC on top of disappointment and the late night, so perhaps I can help. Eddie Manis is a REPUBLICAN who just won a seat targeted by Democrats who lost. The vaunted “Blue Wave” in an election that was supposed to be over by 10 PM finds Trump in the lead in all too close to call states except Arizona and Nevada, the REPUBLICANS maintaining their control of the U. S. Senate, and the REPUBLICANS apparently picking up four seats in the U.S. House.

      Really, you liberals get yourself far too excited before these elections only to frequently find that you have way underestimate the common sense of the American people. That can’t be good for your health.

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        Perry Aubric says:

        Looks like you ran your mouth too soon again, Stuart. But you are right about the good sense of the American people. They reject the selfish, incompetent, racist, lying, corrupt Trump. Your usual condescending bulls**t notwithstanding.

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          Stuart I. Anderson says:

          Perry you liberals are supposed to be sympathetic and understanding so I am sure you know that I can only report on the world as it exists at the time which is exactly what I did. Trump was in the lead and now he isn’t and apparently he lost. I have stated a number of times my opinion that Trump is a jerk who should never have been nominated by the Republicans in the first place. He parlayed being a terrible candidate with running a terrible campaign so he deserved to lose. Once again, it is simply the fact that Hilleary and Biden were such terrible candidates in their own right that allowed Trump to win in 2016 and caused him to come close last Tuesday.

          The voters may have rejected Trump, but they gave a vote of confidence to the Republican Senate and a mild vote of no confidence to the Democrats in the House. I believe when the smoke clears the Democratic majority in the House will be down to about 10 so the Republicans should have no trouble gaining control of the House as well as keeping control of the Senate as a result of the midterms in 2022. All in all, not a bad outcome from a conservative’s perspective.

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    Cannoneer2 says:

    And we still…. have…. Casada. Since Casada is ethically challenged, and that was made very public, that leads me to believe that a significant part of District 63 is also ethically challenged.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Again, I know how disappointing this election must be to Tennessee’s liberals after they went into the fray expecting to at least whittle down the Republican’s super majority in both houses of the General Assembly and out of 115 elections for that body they managed to pick up a grand total of ONE. This of course means that redistricting will once again be entirely in the capable hands of Republicans as we head into the next decade.

      As a reaction to all of this Cannoneer you obviously have, at least temporarily, lost your perspective. Do you really think that 33,360 citizens in southeast Williamson County are “ethically challenged” because they didn’t vote the way you thought they should? Could it be, instead, that those voters believed that Glen Casada (ACU-88%) was punished for his shortcomings as Speaker of the House by losing that position so they could now concentrate on voting for the candidate that most closely reflected their views on public policy so in a race between an alleged moderate Independent, a Democratic liberal and stalwart conservative Glen about 60% voted for Glen? After all Cannoneer, we are talking about Wonderful Williamson County!

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