Live Results: Nashville Mayor, Tennessee State House Special Election

On Thursday we're following two elections in Tennessee. Voters in Nashville will elect their next mayor in a runoff, while a special election is held in a State House district that includes parts of that city.

Polls close at 8:00 PM Eastern Time.

State Legislative Special Election

Tennessee State House District 51

Republicans hold a dominant 75-24 margin over Democrats in the Tennessee House of Representatives. There are no vacancies, as open seats are generally filled on an interim basis until a special election can be held. 

That is the case with the Nashville-area District 51. Democrat Anthony Davis was appointed by the Metro Council after the death of Bill Beck (D).

Davis was defeated by Aftyn Behn in the August 3 party primary. She is favored against the Republican nominee David Hooven, and independent Annabelle Lee.

Mayoral Election 


Rank Population* Mayor Terms Status
21 683,622 John Cooper (D) 1 Not running

*Population rank is based on the July 1, 2022 Census Bureau estimates. It is based on the city itself, not the associated metropolitan area.

Mayor John Cooper (D) did not seek a second four-year term. There were 12 candidates on the August 3 nonpartisan primary ballot. Given the size of the field, no candidate received close to a majority of the vote, necessitating Thursday's runoff.

Advancing were Democratic Councilman Freddie O'Connell (27% of the primary vote) and Alice Rolli (20%). Rolli was an aide to two former GOP officeholders, Gov. Bill Haslam and Sen. Lamar Alexander.

In this Democratic-leaning city, Rolli has an uphill battle against O'Connell.

Upcoming Elections

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  • September 19
    • New Hampshire State House District Hillsborough 3 Special (Primary)
    • New Hampshire State House District Rockingham 1 Special
    • Pennsylvania State House District 21 Special
    • South Carolina State Senate District 42 Special (Primary Runoff)
  • September 26
    • Alabama State House Districts 16 and 55 Special (Primary)
      • Runoff, as needed, October 24
  • October 3
    • Florida State House District 118 Special (Primary)
  • October 5
    • Memphis, Tennessee Mayoral
  • October 10
    • Durham, North Carolina Mayoral (Primary)
    • Massachusetts State Senate District Worcester & Hampshire Special (Primary)
    • Oklahoma State Senate District 32 Special (Primary)
  • October 14
    • Louisiana All-Party Primary
      • General Election Runoff, as needed, November 18
  • October 24
    • South Carolina State Senate District 19 Special (Primary)
      • Runoff, as needed, November 7
  • November 7
    • Kentucky, Mississippi Governor
    • State Legislature: Mississippi, New Jersey, Virginia
    • Rhode Island Congressional District 1 Special
    • Mayors:  Aurora, CO; Boise, ID; Charlotte, NC; Columbus, OH; Durham NC; Fort Wayne, IN, Houston, TX; Indianapolis, IN; Orlando, FL; Philadelphia, PA; Spokane, WA; Tucson, AZ; Wichita, KS
    • Legislative Special Elections:  FL State House District 35 (Primary); NH State House District Hillsborough 3; MA State Senate District Worcester & Hampshire; RI State Senate District 1, SC State Senate District 42; TX State House District 2 
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