Elections 2018 | Nashville Public Radio

Elections 2018

Tennesseans went to the polls on Nov. 6, 2018, in large numbers. They elected Marsha Blackburn for senator and Bill Lee for governor by large margins. See our highlights of election results, including a slew of down-ballot races, below.

Courtesy of Karl Dean for Governor

Gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean is trying to present himself as a moderate. Not too business-centric for his base in the Democratic primaries, not too liberal to offend the Republican voters he'd need if he gets the nomination.

WPLN's Emily Siner spoke with the former mayor of Nashville about this delicate dance that would likely have to continue if he were elected governor.

Dillon Dodson / WPLN

President Donald Trump is not on the ballot, but his influence looms over Tennessee's elections going on now. Some of the first voters over the weekend made their decisions based on the president.

Jonathan Hall
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

The newest Metro Council member will be Jonathan Hall, who won the runoff election on Thursday to take over the District 1 seat that represents Bordeaux, Joelton, Bells Bend and Scottsboro.

Metro Council District 1
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

The northwest corner of Davidson County can be scenic and easygoing, but recent political turmoil and mounting unease about low levels of Metro investment have cast frustrations over the special election now underway to choose the area's next council representative.

Nashville Mayor David Briley
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

In a busy year for elections in Tennessee, from governor to Senate to numerous state seats. Nashville mayor was not supposed to be one of them. But last week, the city elected David Briley to replace Megan Barry on a long-term basis.

District 1 Nashville
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

There will be one runoff election next month in Nashville: Residents of Metro Council District 1 will go to the polls one more time to choose a representative after the five-person race in northwest Davidson County did not yield a winner on Thursday night.

campaign signs
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

As Nashville chooses a mayor to hold the office for the next 15 months, voter turnout is on pace to be especially low compared to prior contests. And, as is often the case, a runoff is possible — meaning voters could be asked to go to the polls one more time, next month.

Metro Council District 1
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

In addition to the Nashville mayor’s race, there’s one other crowded competition in the special election this week. Metro Council District 1 must again choose a new representative, the fourth council person in as many years in an area longing for stability.

Tony Gonzalez / WPLN (File photo)

More than 900 voters in Williamson County crossed party lines to cast ballots in this month's Republican primary for local offices, according to the local election commission, which certified the results Monday.

The count could be a precursor to a challenge of the primary election and was taken in response to Republicans who want only voters who share their political beliefs to choose GOP candidates.

transit vote

Whether for or against Nashville’s failed multi-billion-dollar mass transit plan, the question for Nashville residents has become: What led to such a lopsided vote?