Press Release from Bill Haslam for Governor; July 8, 2010:
Poll Shows Haslam with 11-Point Lead Over Closest Competitor
KNOXVILLE – An independent poll commissioned by WSMV, NBC’s Nashville affiliate, shows Republican gubernatorial candidate and Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam with a commanding lead over his closest competitor just eight days out from the start of Early Voting on July 16.
The only poll that matters is on Election Day, but this independent poll fundamentally confirms the Haslam campaign’s own numbers, showing Haslam as the man on the move while both of his primary opponents have been flat from the beginning.
The poll shows Haslam leading the Republican Primary for Tennessee Governor with 32 percent of the vote while running a positive campaign focused on the issues most important to Tennesseans: jobs, education and conservative budget management. Des Moines, Iowa-based Crawford Johnson & Northcott market research firm conducted the poll for WSMV earlier this week, polling 603 registered voters across the state.
Haslam was also identified in WSMV’s poll as the strongest Republican in the General Election.
With recent endorsements from Reagan economist Art Laffer and UT men’s basketball coach Bruce Pearl, WSMV’s poll is the newest indication Haslam has the momentum less than 10 days before early voting. Two other recent polls showed Haslam as the strongest Republican in the GOP field, and the campaign recently announced that Mayor Haslam surpassed $8 million in total funds raised from a record number of contributions.
“When this campaign began, we sat down and developed a plan to put us exactly in this position, and we’ll continue to execute our plan into the Early Voting period and through Aug. 5,” Haslam said. “Crissy and I are grateful for the support we have received thus far, and we’ll continue to work hard to earn Tennesseans’ support and vote.”
“Tennesseans want a serious discussion about the challenges and opportunities facing the state,” said Mark Cate, Campaign Manager. “Bill Haslam is having that discussion with them, and they like what they’re hearing because he is an experienced leader with the right temperament and proven record of job creation, strengthening education and conservatively managing a budget,” Cate added.
Mayor Haslam is the two-term Republican Mayor of Knoxville, reelected in 2007 with 87 percent of the vote. A hardworking, conservative public servant, Haslam led Knoxville to become one of the top ten metropolitan areas for business and expansion, while reducing the city’s debt, tripling the rainy day fund, reducing the number of city employees to the lowest amount in 15 years and bringing property taxes to the lowest rate in 50 years. An executive leader with a proven record of success, he helped grow his family’s small business from 800 employees into one of Tennessee’s largest companies with 14,000 employees. For more information on Bill Haslam, please visit www.BillHaslam.com.