Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Polls show Lamar "very strong."

CQ Roll Call, August 28, 2013 - Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., holds a massive lead over current and potential primary opponents, and holds a high job performance rating from likely Republican primary voters in the Volunteer State, according to an internal poll provided exclusively to CQ Roll Call. Alexander leads recently announced primary opponent Joe Carr 64 percent to 22 percent,..(link)
Of course, this is early polling and a stronger candidate may emerge to challenge Alexander, but at this point it looks like Joe Carr will not be a serious threat.  Knoxville Mayor Tim Burchett, does better in the poll than Carr in a match up with Alexander with Alexander polling 62% and Burchett polling 23%.

The poll shows Alexander doing well with key subgroups:
  • Strong Republicans approve by 74 to 21 percent.
  • Evangelical Christians approve by 70 to 24 percent.
  • very conservative voters approve by 58 to 35 percent.
  • Strong Tea Party supporters approve by 57 to 41 percent.

Click here to read the polling memorandum from Northstar Opinion.

Below is what others are saying about the poll:

The Tennessean:  “U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander is beginning his re-election campaign with a three-to-one lead over his Republican primary opponents…” 

The Memphis Commercial Appeal “Challengers of U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander have an uphill battle deposing the senator in next year’s Republican primary…”

Nashville Post Politics:  “Alexander polls well among conservatives”
The Hill 
Lamar Alexander is in a strong position to stand up to a primary challenge…”

The Chattanooga Times Free Press:  “U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander poll shows him 'very strong'”

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