Tennessee's 6th District
Moderate Democrat Bart Gordon is retiring after 16 terms and there's no Democrat capable of holding this Middle Tennessee district that tilts strongly Republican at the top of the ticket. Diane Black, a very conservative state representative and registered nurse, is heavily favored over Democrat Brett Carter, an Iraq War veteran. Black could become a leading voice in the immigration debate in 2011.
Tennessee's 8th District
Democrats have represented this district located between Nashville and Memphis for 96 of the past 100 years, since 1988 by Rep. John Tanner. But when the centrist House veteran decided to retire this year, the district became a prime takeover target for the Republicans. It's become increasingly Republican: Favorite son Al Gore barely carried it in 2000. Democrat Roy Herron, a conservative state senator with the backing of the center-right congressional Blue Dog Caucus, has a fighting chance. But polls show Republican Stephen Fincher, a 37-year-old farmer from Frog Jump, in the lead. Fincher is a staunch social conservative whose grandmother formed a singing ministry that
he joined at age 9.