Williamson County businessman Bill Lee wins Williamson County GOP gubernatorial straw poll

News release from Williamson County Republican Party

THOMPSON’S STATION, Tenn. — The Williamson County Republican Party held its annual summer BBQ  (Saturday night) tonight at Little Creek Farms in Thompson’s Station. A record sold-out crowd of 400+ guests attended, and 243 voted in the straw poll, making this the largest gubernatorial straw poll in recent Tennessee political history.

 

While straw polls are not always necessarily reflective of the electorate, tonight’s straw poll provides a good early pulse check of who influential Republicans in Williamson County and other mid-state counties are supporting in the gubernatorial race. Tonight’s attendees included influential conservative activists, prominent donors, party leaders, and over two dozen elected officials. Attendees cast their straw poll ballots with gumballs.
The results are as follows:

 

Sen. Mae Beavers: 63
Congressman Diane Black: 16
Randy Boyd: 4
Speaker Beth Harwell: 8
Bill Lee: 153
The following quote may be attributed to Williamson County Republican Party Chairman Debbie Deaver:

“Congratulations to Bill Lee for winning the first major straw poll of the 2018 gubernatorial cycle. We are thrilled to have so many fine choices for Governor and plan on hosting many more events for Republicans in Williamson County to get to know each of the gubernatorial candidates.”

Addressing the crowd were U.S. Congressman Marsha Blackburn, Sen. Jack Johnson, Sen. Mark Green, and gubernatorial candidates Sen. Mae Beavers and businessman Bill Lee. All announced and likely gubernatorial candidates who appeared on the straw poll were invited to address the crowd and host a booth. Co-hosts include the Davidson County Republican Party, the Tennessee College Republican Committee, the Republican Women of Williamson County, the Williamson County Republican Career Women, and the Williamson County Young Republicans.

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