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February 12, 2016

Lamar Alexander Still Up Big in Internal Primary Poll

Alexander's internal polling shows him with a strong primary lead. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A fresh poll conducted for Sen. Lamar Alexander’s campaign found he continues to hold a comfortable lead with just more than a week to go in the Tennessee Republican primary.

Alexander took 53 percent in the poll, according to a memo the Alexander campaign provided at CQ Roll Call’s request. State Rep. Joe Carr, Alexander’s most prominent challenger, took 24 percent, followed by physician George Flinn with 5 percent. The four other candidates in the race took 1 percent or less.

The poll was conducted by North Star Opinion Research, which surveyed 600 likely GOP primary voters July 27-29. Live interviewers conducted the surveys, and 30 percent of the interviews were with cell phone users.

The results are largely unchanged from an internal poll conducted last week, which found Alexander leading Carr, 53 percent to 21 percent. In the interim, conservative talk radio host Laura Ingraham hosted a rally for Carr in Nashville, and he received the endorsement of Sarah Palin.

In the latest poll, Alexander’s job approval rating was 59 percent, with 32 percent saying they disapprove.

Pollster Whit Ayres noted in the memo that Flinn, who loaned his campaign $1.8 million, is a force in Western Tennessee, where he is “both better known and better liked than Joe Carr.”

The race is rated Safe Republican by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.


    Whatever happened to the more than three million unemployed families without an unemployment extension since late last December? We’re STILL here, and have not gone away. Although both political parties have chosen to walk away, We’re still here struggling and falling deeper into poverty and financial ruin. While the republicans fought ferociously in the senate for the Koch Brother’s oil pipeline bill to be passed, and congress approving billions of Aid dollars for the Ukraine, and more billions for the illegal migrant problem, we Americans are still here without help, and without compassion from our so called elected officials. Both political parties have utterly FAILED these unemployed families, who once believed in the system, and had contributed to it throughout the years from their paychecks. We have now become ignored, and forgotten, and no longer “newsworthy enough” to make a difference to their political agenda and image. The coming elections will bring many surprises for these so called “public servants”. The voters will not forget.

  • opinionated1234

    We need to look at immigration which is out of control and close our border!

    There are 93 MILLION people out of work! That’s a fact. In 2013, last year Tennessee lost 85,965 American jobs to illegal immigrants! The country lost 9,000,000 Million American jobs to illegal immigrants! When we have so many people who are unemployed in this country and others struggling WHY would we want to vote for AMNESTY and give American jobs to illegal immigrants?

    And these are not just farm jobs, no, no, no. they are STEM jobs, mechanical, computer tech jobs, electrical, construction, manufacturing. They are bringing foreign students and training them for technical jobs while we have college students who can’t find a job!

    Does this sound right to you? We are losing our country and employers like Microsoft are laying off 18,800 people and demanding the Republicans to give them more illegal immigrants! Not only do they pay them cheaper wages but the president has sweetened the pot for employers, telling them if they hire illegal immigrants you don’t have to give them insurance because the American people will pay for them! ARE WE THAT STUPID?

  • bpai99

    That’s a hysterical screed (funny in addition to overwrought). I hope the Carr campaign pays you by the word. Do you foam at the mouth while you type and pose as a Guest to Like your own posts?

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