Triton Research conducted a survey of Tennessee voters (12/12-18; 1,028 likely primary voters via interactive voice response systems), and finds Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Brentwood) jumping out to a massive lead over former US Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-Crockett County). According to the data, the eight-term west Tennessee Congresswoman would lead Mr. Fincher by a whopping 58-11% among the self-identified Republican primary voters. Much of the lead could be attributable to Ms. Blackburn’s strong name identification and positive image. Her favorability ratio is 62:14% positive to negative with an 86% recognition factor, as compared to Mr. Fincher’s 16:8%, meaning only 24% of the statewide Republican electorate say they are familiar with him.
Now that businessman James Mackler has dropped out of the race, the Democratic primary is virtually assured for former two-term Gov. Phil Bredesen.
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