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These are some of the newspaper accounts of the landslide victory of State Senator Steve Cohen in TN-9. Cohen won with over 60% of the vote defeating Jake Ford who was trying the win the seat of his brother Harold Ford, Jr. and previously held by Harold Ford, Sr.

http://robwire.com/...

Commercial Appeal

"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."

USAToday

" 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."

Originally posted to Rob on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 09:30 AM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Glad he won. (0+ / 0-)

    He will be a progressive voice for Tennessee.

    He also probably will have a more progressive voting record that Harold Ford did.

    Sorry Harold Ford lost the Senate, but he came very close to making history.  

    Keep building the Party in Tennessee.  

  •  Cohen (0+ / 0-)

    Steve Cohen will be one of the most progressive, liberal members in the new Congress from the South.

    •  no, no, no (0+ / 0-)

      the DLCers in here have assured us that to win in tennessee you have to shamelessly pander to the racist confederate trash.

      •  No, not to the racist confederate trash (1+ / 0-)
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        bula

        to the average voter.
        The gay marriage ban passed 80-20.
        If someone like Cohen ran for Senate, he or she would probably receive about 20% of the vote.
        Last I checked, that's not quite enough to win.
        Harold Ford Jr's race was 270000 votes closer than Kerry's in 2004.  A liberal seeking statewide election will lose, period.  Fifteen percent of Tennesseans identify themselves as liberals.  That is also not enough to win a majority vote in the state.  If Ford had run any farther to the left he would have lost even more.  It's that simple.  It's tragic, and I don't understand it, but it's that simple.
        I'm thrilled Cohen won, believe me.  I diaried TN-07 and TN-09 as part of the election live blogging project.  He has worked hard for the chance to represent Tennessee; he has earned it.  Jake has earned...his GED.  That's it.  If he had won it would have been an absolute embarassment.
        But there is no reason to call the overwhelming majority of Tennesseans racist confederate trash.  I am a Tennessean, but I am neither racist, nor confederate, nor trash.

  •  Too bad he never got (0+ / 0-)

    Harold Ford Jr.'s explicit endorsement.  Maybe then it would not have been such a tough race for him.  I wonder how his supporters feel about all their whiny attempts to strongarm Harold into dissing his own brother publicly?

    Does Cohen know anything about anything other than lotteries?  Maybe we can have a national lottery!

    So I see only tatters of clearness through a pervading obscurity - Annie Dillard -6.88, -5.33

    by illinifan17 on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 09:36:12 AM PST

  •  good for memphis (0+ / 0-)

    a shortage of fords will probably help.

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