Nashville City Paper: Corker, Cooper lead same congressional delegation back to D.C.

Nov 7, 2012

The votes have been counted and Tennessee will return the same congressional delegation to Washington.


Incumbents from Memphis to Mountain City, Democrat Steve Cohen in Memphis to Republican Phil Roe in Johnson City will go back to the U.S. Capitol to represent their constituents in the same manner they have done for the last few years.


Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, whose election was never in doubt, was returned to office as well, winning more than 65 percent of the vote against Mark Clayton, a controversial Democrat who was disavowed by his own party.


Before any votes were counted, Republicans held seven of the nine seats of the U.S. House and both seats in the U.S. Senate. In Nashville's 5th District, Democrat Jim Cooper easily defeated Brad Staats, also grabbing 65 percent of the vote.


The only office of the 10 contested where there a doubt was the 4th District race between incumbent Republican Scott DesJarlais and Democratic state Sen. Eric Stewart.


DesJarlais was battered in the final weeks of the election with the revelation that he had pressured a woman that he had a relationship a decade ago — while he was still married to his first wife — to have an abortion. DesJarlais countered that he used improper language in a conversation with the woman and that this attack was old news from his enemies on the other side of the aisle.


The only one who will be looking over his shoulder is DesJarlais, who while in a strongly Republican district is subject to the wandering eyes of other Republican office holders who see a weakness that could be contested in two years.


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