For now, that won't come until November 2. Democrats in Tennessee must be concerned about a possible record poor showing for a gubernatorial candidate, which in recent years is likely the John Jay Hooker campaign in 1998 which garnered only 287,750 votes while incumbent Don Sundquist cruised to re-election with 669,973 ballots.
Nolan also points out Roy Herron is losing, Lincoln Davis is fighting for survival and Democrats have essentially conceded Bart Gordon's congressional seat. "... [T]he loss of all three of these congressional seats, could chance the balance of power in our House delegation from 5-4 Democratic to 7-2 for the Republicans. Ouch!"
It's enough to make Democratic leaders feel "sick to their stomachs" about what could happen in the state House and Senate, Nolan says.