Middle Tennessee State University released a credible statewide survey yesterday (3/22-29; 600 TN registered voters) that surprisingly stakes former Gov. Phil Bredesen (D) to a ten point, 45-35%, lead over US Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Brentwood). It is a virtual certainty that each individual will win his and her respective party nomination, so it is not too early to begin testing the pair as if the August 2nd primary has already occurred.
Other polls have given Ms. Blackburn the early advantage largely because of the state’s strong Republican nature; a voting trend that has noticeably moved rightward since Mr. Bredesen was last on the statewide ballot in 2006. It is clear, however, that the Democratic leadership recruiting the former Governor and Nashville Mayor into the race has made a competitive general election campaign when it appeared earlier that none would exist.
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