"Democrat Steve Cohen on Tuesday ended the 32-year reign of the Ford political family in the 9th Congressional District.
Cohen, an attorney and veteran state senator, cruised to an easy win over Republican Mark White and independent Jake Ford in the race to represent the largely Democratic district, located entirely in Memphis and Shelby County.
With all precincts reporting, Cohen had tallied 60 percent of the vote, Ford had about 22 percent and White trailed with 18 percent.
"It's an historic vote for Memphis to come together in such a resounding way," Cohen said in an interview. "I suspect we carried every political, racial, ethnic and gender group in the community by large margins."
The seat had been held by the Ford family, and in turn by African-American men, since Harold Ford Sr. was elected to congress in 1974. His son, Harold Ford Jr. -- Jake Ford's brother -- defeated Cohen in the 1996 Democratic primary on his way to keeping the seat in the family."
" For the first time in three decades, Memphis won't be represented in the U.S. House by someone named Ford.
Longtime state Sen. Steve Cohen handily won the 9th District seat Tuesday that had been held since 1974 by Harold Ford Sr. and then Harold Ford Jr., who gave it up to run for the U.S. Senate.
Cohen is a Democrat and a member of his party ordinarily would be seen as an easy favorite in the heavily Democratic district. But an independent challenge by Jake Ford, Harold Ford Jr.'s younger brother, cast doubt over the election outcome.
But Jake Ford, a high-school dropout in his first bid for public office, turned out to lack the political talents of his father and older brother and voters questioned his qualifications.
"At the end, it came down to experience and somebody who people knew they could trust to work hard and deliver for Memphis," Cohen told WREC-TV of Memphis."