Tennessee governor’s race takes shape

According to a new poll,  U.S. Rep. Diane Black (R)  is the best known candidate among Democrats and Republicans considering a run for governor of Tennessee. The poll found that 49 percent of registered voters at least know Black’s name, which is a much higher number than for any other potential or announced candidate.

The poll, by Vanderbilt University, found Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, a Democrat, as the second most recognizable at 38 percent.

Others mentioned in the poll are House Speaker Beth Harwell, R-Nashville (34 percent);
Republican Sen. Mae Beavers (28 percent); Republican Former Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd (26 percent); Republican Sen. Mark Green (21 percent); Republican Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (14 percent); Republican Williamson County businessman Bill Lee (14 percent); and Democratic House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh (8 percent).

Sen. Mark Green said yesterday he is not running.

Incumbent Republican Governor Bill Haslam is term-limited. Governing magazine rates the race as Safe Republican. Everyone else who counts rates it Likely Republican.

For what it’s worth, a poll released Tuesday, “shows Trump’s support among Tennessee voters dropped from 60 percent in the weeks after the November election to 52 percent in the first weeks of May.”

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