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  TN Senate 15
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Parents > United States > Tennessee > TN State Senate > TN Senate 15
OfficeState Senate
Type General Election
Filing Deadline April 06, 1998 - 12:00pm Central
Polls Open November 03, 1998 - 07:00am Central
Polls Close November 03, 1998 - 07:00pm Central
Term Start January 03, 1999 - 12:00pm
Term End January 03, 2003 - 12:00pm
ContributorServo
Last ModifiedServo March 20, 2006 02:32pm
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Description Democratic nominee and State Senator Tommy Burks was murdered on October 19, 1998, and his Republican opponent, Byron (Low Tax) Looper was the primary suspect.

According to Tennessee law, a candidate who dies within 30 days of an election is removed from the ballot and the party may not name a replacement candidate. This left Looper unopposed for the general election.

Burks' widow, Charlotte, ran a write-in campaign with the help of Democrats and Republicans and won this seat with over 90% of the vote.

In 2000, Looper was convicted and sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole.
LAST GENERAL ELECTION
  PartyDemocratic Won11/08/1994
NameTommy Burks Votes26,411 (58.98%)
Term01/03/1995 - 10/19/1998 Margin8,042 (+17.96%)
NEXT GENERAL ELECTION
  PartyDemocratic Won11/05/2002
NameCharlotte Burks Votes30,942 (58.08%)
Term01/03/2003 - 01/03/2007 Margin9,251 (+17.37%)
PRIMARY/OTHER SCHEDULE
Aug 06, 1998 TN Senate 15 - D Primary
Tommy Burks
D 16,407
Aug 06, 1998 TN Senate 15 - R Primary
Byron (Low Tax) Looper
R 4,233
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CANDIDATES
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Name (W) Charlotte Burks Byron (Low Tax) Looper Write-In  
PartyDemocratic Republican Independent  
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Uncertified Votes30,252 (93.09%) 1,531 (4.71%) 715 (2.20%)  
Margin0 (0.00%) -28,721 (-88.38%) -29,537 (-90.89%)  
Predict Avg.0.00% 0.00% 0.00%  
Cash On Hand $-- $-- $--  
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Entry Date 00/00/1998 00/00/1998 00/00/1998  
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