1984 United States Senate election in Tennessee

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Nominee Al Gore Victor Ashe Ed McAteer
Party Democratic Republican Independent
Popular vote 1,000,607 557,016 87,234
Percentage 60.72% 33.80% 5.29%

County results
Gore:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%
Ashe:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%

U.S. senator before election

Howard Baker
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

Al Gore
Democratic

The 1984 United States Senate election in Tennessee took place on November 6, 1984, as a part of the Senate class 2 election.

Situation

Popular three-term Republican incumbent Howard Baker, who had served as United States Senate Majority Leader since 1981 (Minority Leader from 1977 to 1981) decided not to seek re-election in order to concentrate on a planned bid for 1988 Republican presidential nomination (which did not happen, as he later accepted a White House Chief of Staff position under President Ronald Reagan). This made the seat open.

Democratic nomination

Democrats nominated Representative and future Vice President of the United States Al Gore, whose father, Albert Gore, Sr., had once held Tennessee's other Senate seat.

Democratic

Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Al Gore 476,582 100.00%
Total votes 476,582 100.00%

Republican primary

Candidates:

In primary, held on August 2, Ashe easily emerged as a winner:[1]

General election

Al Gore 1984 campaign poster
Al Gore 1984 campaign poster

Although the Senate election coincided with the landslide re-election of President Reagan, who carried Tennessee by a wide margin, this time his victory did not have any coattails, as it did in 1980, and Democrats picked up three Republican seats. One of the Democratic gains was in Tennessee, where conservative Democrat Gore won in a landslide:[2]

General election results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Al Gore 1,000,607 60.72%
Republican Victor Ashe 557,016 33.80%
Independent Ed McAteer 87,234 5.29%
Independent Khalil-Ullah Al-Muhaymin 3,179 0.19%
Total votes 1,648,036 100.00%
Democratic gain from Republican

See also

References

  1. ^ "TN US Senate- R Primary Race - Aug 02, 1984". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2022-03-19.
  2. ^ "TN US Senate Race - Nov 06, 1984". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2022-03-19.