U.S. Senate campaign

Pro-Blackburn PAC poll finds she leads Fincher 63% to 21%

A poll commissioned by Club for Growth PAC, which has endorsed U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn  in the Republican U.S. Senate primary, finds her leading former Rep. Stephen Fincher 66 percent to 13 percent among likely GOP primary voters with 21 percent undecided. The group also did a poll matching Blackburn against retiring Sen. Bob Corker and reported her leading the incumbent 63 percent to 25 percent.

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Blackburn leads Fincher in fundraising for Senate campaign

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn says she raised $2 million for her U.S. Senate campaign in the fourth quarter of 2017 while her fellow Republican rival, former U.S. Stephen Fincher, says he collected $1.45 million.

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Polling from opposite poles: Blackburn leads Bredesen; Bredesen leads Blackburn

A poll commissioned by a pro-Trump super PAC found that  Republican Marsha Blackburn is  ahead of Democrat Phil Bredesen in a potential 2018 general election for a Tennessee U.S. Senate seat, reports the Hill, while a survey sponsored by a Democrat-supporting organization found Bredesen ahead.

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Club for Growth ad bashes ‘the Fincher who taxed Christmas’

Club for Growth, which is backing U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn for the Republican nomination to a U.S. Senate seat, bashed her primary opponent, former U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher, as “the Fincher who taxed Christmas” in this digital ad. It’s produced by CFG Tennessee, a PAC recently set up as a Club affiliate to support Tennessee candidates for federal office.

Text of the ad’s narrator:

The Christmas Tree! The symbol of the Season! The target of the taxman?

Yes, boys and girls, in 2013 President Obama proposed a tax on Christmas trees.

And do you know who backed the Obama Christmas tree tax?

Congressman Stephen Fincher, that’s who.

True!  Your old Congressman is . . . the Fincher Who Taxed Christmas.

Tell Stephen Fincher higher taxes are naughty, not nice.

Protester eyes legal action over cell phone snatch at Blackburn campaign event

A Marsha Blackburn supporter “wrested a cell phone” from a protester who was recording a Knoxville campaign breakfast event over the weekend and the protester is now planning a civil lawsuit and perhaps a criminal charge as well, reports Betty Bean.

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James Mackler formally endorses Bredesen for U.S. Senate

Press release from James Mackler

NASHVILLE – Decorated Iraq war combat veteran James Mackler endorsed Governor Phil Bredesen in his campaign to represent Tennessee in the U.S. Senate in front of hundreds gathered at the Davidson County Democratic Party straw poll last night.

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Vanderbilt Poll: Tennesseans are more moderate than most people think

Tennesseans are less conservative than most folks think, according to a Vanderbilt University poll of 1,013 registered Tennessee voters conducted between Nov. 16 and Dec. 5.

The poll also indicates Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn has the highest name identification among candidates for the U.S. Senate, 73 percent, followed by Democratic former Gov. Phil Bredesen at 65 percent and Republican U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher at 22 percent.

In the governor’s race, Republican Diane Black leads with 59 percent name recognition, followed by Democrat Karl Dean with 41 percent. Republicans Beth Harwell (40) , Randy Boyd (33), Mae Beavers (28) and Bill Lee (14) follow, with Democrat Craig Fitzhugh standing at 10 percent.

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Corker ‘really happy’ with Moore defeat in AL; Haslam sees a message

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker tells the Times Free Press that Alabama Republican Roy Moore’s Senate race loss is “good for America” as well as the Republican Party so “that people understand this kind of beyond-the-pale extremism just is not going to elect Republicans to office.”

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Mackler withdraws from U.S. Senate race, sets up PAC

Nashville attorney and Army veteran James Mackler, who launched a campaign for the Democratic nomination to the U.S. Senate eight months ago, announced Tuesday he is withdrawing from the race. Instead, he’s setting up a political action committee.

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Blackburn online Senate campaign ad (she opposed TN income tax)

In this online video for her U.S. Senate campaign, Rep. Marsha Blackburn points to her opposition to a state income tax while she was a state senator and takes a swat at TennCare in the process. She says the tax was proposed by a governor (Republican Don Sunquist, not mentioned in the video) “trying to pay for this test case for Hillary Care, which was called TennCare.”