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1996 United States Senate election in Tennessee

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1996 United States Senate election in Tennessee

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Nominee Fred Thompson Houston Gordon
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 1,091,554 654,937
Percentage 61.37% 36.82%

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County Results

Thompson:      50-60%      60-70%      70-80%

Gordon:      50–60%      60–70%

U.S. senator before election

Fred Thompson

Elected U.S. Senator

Fred Thompson

The 1996 Tennessee United States Senate election was held on November 5, 1996 to select the U.S. Senator from the state of Tennessee. Republican Senator Fred Thompson ran for re-election to a full six-year term. Thompson defeated the Democratic challenger, Covington lawyer Houston Gordon in the general election.


Democratic Party

  • Houston Gordon, attorney

Republican Party

Election results

United States Senate election in Tennessee, 1996[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Fred Thompson (Incumbent) 1,091,554 61.37% +0.93%
Democratic Houston Gordon 654,937 36.82% -1.79%
Independent John Jay Hooker 14,401 0.81%
Independent Bruce Gold 5,865 0.33%
Independent Robert O. Watson 5,569 0.31%
Independent Greg Samples 4,104 0.23%
Independent Philip L. Kienlen 2,173 0.12%
Write-ins 61 0.00%
Majority 436,617 24.55% +2.71%
Turnout 1,778,664
Republican hold

See also


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