governor’s race 2018

House’s $250K Memphis money cut becomes GOP debate topic, inspires fundraising drive

In a debate Wednesday, three Republican candidates for governor said they disagreed with a House vote to cut $250,000 in funding for Memphis because of the city’s removal of Confederate monuments from former city parks. But Diane Black, Randy Boyd and Bill Lee also said they opposed the city’s action, reports the Memphis Daily News. House Speaker Beth Harwell, who missed the debate while presiding over the House in Nashville, voted for the Memphis funding cut.

Meanwhile, a GoFundMe page has been started on Facebook to raise funds to make up the money lost through the House vote, according to a separate News report. As of Thursday morning, $44,765 had been raised toward the $250,000 goal.

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Diane Black’s latest TV ad: She’s against illegal immigration (and in-state tuition bill)

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Guber campaign money: Boyd sets new record for self-financing (Lee and Black close behind)

Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd has set a new record for self-financing in a Tennessee political campaign, a review of financial disclosures filed this week shows. Williamson County businessman Bill Lee has also clearly passed U.S. Sen. Bob Corker’s old record and Diane Black has roughly matched it.

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Complaint: Beavers illegally diverted gubernatorial campaign funds to her mayoral campaign

Former state Sen.  Mae Beavers used $122,123 in leftover money from her abandoned gubernatorial campaign to fund a new political action committee and the PAC then donated $7,800 to her new campaign for Wilson County mayor, according to a disclosure report filed Monday by Patriot PAC. The Tennessean reports that Beavers refunded the contribution on Wednesday, but a a complaint has been filed contending the move amounted to an “illegal conduit” that violated state campaign finance laws.

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Democrat Dean reports raising $550K in first quarter

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean speaks to a business group in Nashville on March 20, 2018. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)


A release from former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean’s Democratic gubernatorial campaign:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 10, 2018) — The Karl Dean for Governor campaign continues to gain momentum with the total raised from contributors now topping $3 million. During the most recent fundraising period, which ended March 31, the campaign raised $549,168. The campaign currently has $2.02 million cash on hand available to spend.
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Fitzhugh buys Titans tickets in response to Black boycott

Press release from Craig Fitzhugh campaign

House Democratic Leader and candidate for Governor, Craig Fitzhugh has bought Tennessee Titans Season Tickets after Republican candidate for Governor Diane Black returned hers because of her unwillingness to support several Titans’ players right to free speech.

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RGA reserves $2.2M worth of TV ad time to back TN gubernatorial nominee this fall

The Republican Governors Association is reserving $2.2 million in television advertising time help elect the party’s nominee for governor in this fall’s campaign, according to an item in a Politico roundup. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is currently chairman of the RGA.

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Black gathers tea party support in run for governor

Press release from Diane Black campaign

Nashville, Tenn. – Today, Diane Black announced a new coalition of grassroots conservative leaders from across the state of Tennessee. Diane is building the strongest grassroots campaign in the history of the state, and that starts with the conservative activists that have fought for years, and in some cases decades, to protect our conservative Tennessee values.

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Lineup of candidates for governor: 7 Republicans, 5 Democrats, 35 independents

Tennessee’s better-known Republican and Democratic gubernatorial candidates could face a quartet of nationally famous, unconventional hopefuls who’ve also filed petitions to run for the state’s top office, reports the Times Free Press in a review of candidates who filed qualifying petitions before the deadline this week.

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MTSU poll: Bredesen leads Blackburn 45% to 35%; governor race murky

Press release from Middle Tennessee State University

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Former Tennessee Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen holds a 10-percentage-point lead over Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn among state voters in a head-to-head contest for the seat being vacated by retiring U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, according to the latest MTSU Poll.

Apparent voter favorites in the race for governor, meanwhile, include Republicans Randy Boyd, Diane Black and Beth Harwell as well as Democrat Karl Dean, and approval of President Donald Trump stands at 50 percent, unchanged from last October’s MTSU Poll.

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