Tennessee Democrat Passes On 2018 Governor’s Race

Nashville businessman and former mayoral candidate Bill Freeman has announced he won’t seek the Democratic nomination for Tennessee governor.

Freeman told Fox 17 he is encouraging House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh to run for the Democratic nomination.

Source: Nashville Post

Yesterday we noted that former Nashville mayor Karl Dean announced he will be running for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in the Volunteer State.

State house races, particularly in states like Tennessee with open seats held by Republicans (the current GOP Governor Bill Hanslam is term limited), will be of particular importance in 2018 as both parties look forward to congressional redistricting in 2021 following the 2020 census.

Tennessee is an excellent example of how redistricting impacts congressional voting.

Following the 2000 census, the state’s congressional delegation was 5 to 4 in favor of the Democrats. After the 2010 census, the balance swung 7-2 for the GOP. Yes, like much of the old south the state became more Republican but control total control of the redistricting process matters.

In 2001, Tennessee Democrats controlled both houses of the state legislature and by 2011 Republicans controlled them. There will be two intervening state legislative race before the next redistricting but given the swing of the state to the GOP in both the state House and Senate, the 2018 governor’s race is likely to be the party’s best chance for a seat at the table.