Tennessee Governor Election 2010: Republicans Haslam, Ramsey & Wamp All Lead Democrat Challengers by Double Digits
Can Republicans regain the majority of Governorships in 2010 as well?
The Tennessee governors race could see a shift of power in The Volunteer state this November. Republican candidates Bill Haslam, Rom Ramsey and Zach Wamp all have early double digit leads over their Democrat challengers Mike McWherter and Kim McMillan in a recent Rasmussen poll.
In the first Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 survey of the governor’s race in Tennessee, all three top Republican candidates hold double-digit leads over two potential Democratic opponents, but no one earns 50% support in any of the match-ups. Nearly one-quarter of the state’s voters remain undecided, too, in every potential contest.
Knoxville’s GOP Mayor Bill Haslam leads former State House Majority Speaker Kim McMillan 46% to 26%. He posts a similar 45% to 27% lead over businessman Mike McWherter.
The 2010 race this Fall in Tennessee is to replace outgoing, term limited Democrat Gov. Phil Bredesen. Although popular in the Volunteer state, Bredesen’s 70% job approval rating is not rubbing off on any of his fellow Democrats challengers.
The mood of most TN voters is anti-incumbency and especially anti-Democrat, anti-Stimulus bill and anti-Obamacare. The Tea Parties in Tennessee have been a tremendous success.
Fifty-one percent (51%) of Tennessee voters hold a favorable opinion of the Tea Party movement, but only 22% consider themselves a part of it.
Look for the vote in November to be a Tennessee ballot revolt against Washington, DC in the off year midterm election. Politics may be local, but it has been the federal government controlled by Barack Obama and the Democrats that has overstepped it’s authority and mandate. Look for Tennessee to show their displeasure this Fall in the Governor and House races.
Opposition to the recently passed national health care plan is even higher in Tennessee than it is nationally. Thirty-one percent (31%) favor the plan, while 65% oppose it. This includes 24% who Strongly Favor it and 57% who Strongly Oppose it.
This gives the GOP candidates an edge for now since all three are strongly supported by those who strongly oppose the health care plan. Both Democrats are the favorites of those who strongly support the plan.
Both Republican and Democrat primary elections to pick their gubernatorial nominees is on August 5, 2010.
It’s not just the US House of Representatives and US Senate that Republicans are looking to regain power of, it is the majority of the all important Governorships as well. Tennessee looks like an almost lock to move from Democrat to Republican in 2010.