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2002 United States Senate election in Tennessee

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2002 United States Senate election in Tennessee

← 1996 November 5, 2002 2008 →
Lamar Alexander black and white photo.jpg
Nominee Lamar Alexander Bob Clement
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 891,420 728,295
Percentage 54.27% 44.34%

Tennessee Senate Election Results by County, 2002.svg
County results
Alexander:      40-50%      50-60%      60-70%      70-80%
Clement:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%

U.S. senator before election

Fred Thompson

Elected U.S. Senator

Lamar Alexander

The 2002 United States Senate election in Tennessee was held on November 5, 2002. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Fred Thompson decided to retire. Republican Lamar Alexander won the open seat.

Republican primary



Republican Primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Lamar Alexander 295,052 53.79%
Republican Ed Bryant 233,678 42.60%
Republican Mary Taylor-Shelby 5,589 1.02%
Republican June Griffin 4,930 0.90%
Republican Michael Brent Todd 4,002 0.73%
Republican James E. DuBose 3,572 0.65%
Republican Christopher G. Fenner 1,552 0.28%
Republican Write-ins 107 0.03%
Total votes 548,482 100.00%

Democratic primary


  • Bob Clement, U.S. Representative
  • Gary G. Davis, perennial candidate
  • Cher A. Hopkey
  • Michael L. Hampstead
  • Alvin M. Strauss


Democratic primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bob Clement 418,172 82.18%
Democratic Gary G. Davis 50,563 9.94%
Democratic Cher A. Hopkey 14,481 2.85%
Democratic Michael L. Hampstead 12,940 2.54%
Democratic Alvin M. Strauss 12,241 2.41%
Democratic Write-ins 478 0.08%
Total votes 508,875 100.00%

General Election


Alexander raised $2 million through June 2002.[3] Clement attacked the Governor for his corporate connections and business dealings. By October, Clement had nearly raised $900,000, while Alexander raised almost $3 million.[4] Bush, who had a 60% approval rating in the state, helped campaign and raise money for Alexander.[5] Alexander was also endorsed by the NRA.[6]



In a September poll from the Knoxville News Sentinel, Alexander was up 45% to 27%. In a DNSC poll during the same month, Alexander was up 49% to 42%. In a mid October Zogby poll had the governor leading 49% to 36%.[7] A late October WREG-TV poll had Alexander leading 45% to 36%.[8]


United States Senate election in Tennessee, 2002[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Lamar Alexander 891,498 54.28% -7.09%
Democratic Bob Clement 728,232 44.34% +7.52%
Independent John Jay Hooker 6,401 0.39%
Independent Wesley M. Baker 6,106 0.37%
Independent Connie Gammon 5,349 0.33%
Independent Karl Stanley Davidson 2,217 0.13%
Independent Basil Marceaux 1,170 0.07%
Write-ins 356 0.02%
Majority 163,266 9.94% -14.61%
Turnout 1,642,432
Republican hold Swing


This page was last edited on 11 July 2019, at 00:52
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