governor’s race

Boyd completes run from Bristol to Memphis

News release from Randy Boyd campaign

Memphis, Tenn. – Randy Boyd, Republican candidate for Governor, completed his historic 537.3 mile run across the entire length of Tennessee at the edge of the mighty Mississippi River in downtown Memphis today.

Boyd began his campaign run on the TN/VA state line in Bristol on August 2, finishing today, November 7, exactly one year from the day of the 2018 gubernatorial general election. He is the first candidate in Tennessee history to literally run the length of the state by running 537.3 miles from Bristol to Memphis as part of his campaign.

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Murky MTSU Poll: Blackburn (without considering Fincher) and Dean are primary frontrunners — otherwise ???

News release from Middle Tennessee State University

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Marsha Blackburn leads in the Republican U.S. Senate primary, Karl Dean leads in the Democratic gubernatorial primary, and Phil Bredesen probably would be leading in the Democratic U.S. Senate primary if he were a declared candidate, the latest MTSU Poll finds.

Meanwhile, nobody has established a clear lead in the Republican gubernatorial primary or the general-election races for governor and Senate.

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Black campaign blasts Boyd for ‘moderate record;’ Boyd recalls Reagan’s ’11th commandment’

News release from Diane Black campaign

Today, Randy Boyd completes his “B-Roll Run” across Tennessee. But he’ll have to keep running if he wants to get away from his moderate record of opposing Donald Trump, supporting illegal immigration, supporting common core and supporting Democrats.

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Black uses Trump tweet praise for fundraising

President Donald Trump on Friday sent a tweet praising U.S. Rep. Diane Black. She promptly turned it into a fundraising effort for her gubernatorial campaign.

The Trump tweet: “Diane Black of Tennessee, the highly respected House Budget Committee Chairwoman, did a GREAT job in passing Budget, setting up big Tax Cuts.”

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‘Veterans Coalition’ backs Bill Lee for governor

News release from Bill Lee campaign

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Williamson County businessman and farmer Bill Lee announced the formation of the Veterans for Bill Lee Coalition. The group, consisting of Tennessee military veterans across every branch of service, will serve in an advisory role to Lee on state veterans and Tennessee Military Department issues.

“I’m honored and grateful to have the support and counsel of these great Tennessee leaders,” said Lee. “There is no group that we owe more to than our veterans, and I will make our state the number one state for veterans to live and work.”

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Black’s gubernatorial campaign backed by 11 DAs, 23 sheriffs

News release from Diane Black campaign

Gallatin, TN – Today, Diane Black for Governor announced its statewide Law and Order Coalition. 23 Sheriffs and 11 District Attorneys have endorsed Diane’s campaign for governor and signed on to provide guidance on law enforcement issues.

District Attorney Ray Whitley, District Attorney Amy Weirich, District Attorney Russell Johnson, Sheriff Bill Holt, Sheriff Sonny Weatherford, and Former Sheriff Terry Ashe have agreed to co-chair the coalition.

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Party hosts Republican gubernatorial candidate powwow

Representatives of five Republican candidates for governor met with state GOP Chairman Scott Golden and Executive Director Michael Sullivan on Oct. 11, reports The Tennessean.

The meeting at the party’s headquarters in Nashville included emissaries of U.S. Rep. Diane Black, House Speaker Beth Harwell, Knoxville entrepreneur Randy Boyd and Williamson County businessman Bill Lee.

Former state Sen. Mae Beavers did not send anyone because of a scheduling conflict, she said Monday. She also recently changed campaign staffers.

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Boyd camp fires back at Black: ‘This is Tennessee, not DC’

Republican Randy Boyd’s campaign is hitting back at GOP gubernatorial primary rival Diane Black after her campaign labeled his plans to have former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush headline a Nashville fundraiser as a “match made in establishment heaven,” reports the Times Free Press.

Boyd spokeswoman Laine Arnold suggested U.S. Rep. Black has spent a little too much in Washington.

“Each of those claims is ridiculous and false, and honestly beneath the dignity of Diane Black,” Arnold said. “This is Tennessee. Not DC. We don’t act that way down here.”

…”Randy is a strong supporter of President Trump and a long-time friend of Jeb Bush,” Arnold said. “We look forward to having their support.”

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Jeb Bush plans fundraiser for Randy Boyd; Black & Beavers bash Bush & Boyd

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will speak at a fundraiser for Randy Boyd’s campaign next month, reports the Nashville Post. Rep. Diane Black, one of Boyd’s rivals for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, promptly issued a news release declaring Bush and Boyd are ‘a match made in establishment heaven.’  Mae Beavers, another Boyd opponent, had similar comments — and criticized Black, too.

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Craig Fitzhugh’s online gubernatorial campaign video