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ICYMI TN-SEN THIS WEEK: UNMASKING A WHITE HOT RACE TO THE BOTTOM

ICYMI TN-SEN THIS WEEK: UNMASKING A WHITE HOT RACE TO THE BOTTOM

Past/Future GOP Presidential Contenders Descend on Tennessee’s Open Senate Seat

For Immediate Release: July 24, 2020

NASHVILLE – As decorated Iraq War veteran James Mackler, a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, continues to share his message of service with Tennesseans, welcoming gun safety advocates to highlight the need for reform, speaking with Blue Star mothers, and earning high marks for his Zoom decor, the leading Republican candidates for U.S. Senate are waging a full out, expensive, white-hot race to the bottom primary battle by spreading messages of hate and division, and pledging to be rubber stamps for an agenda that is hurting Tennessee. 

UNMASKING GOP SENATE FAULT-LINES

Rand Paul’s ambition. Tom Cotton’s ambition. Ted Cruz’s ambition. Obamacare. More Obamacare. $50 to Act Blue (and a cease and desist). $100,000 to Mitt Romney. This past week’s movement on the Republican side confirms the analysis President Trump offered on a conference call last Friday (meant to improve Bill Hagerty’s chances) that “you’ve got a real primary here.” Hagerty earned himself the extra assistance by elevating Trump to Mount Rushmore and tweeting in all caps that he is our “GREATEST PRESIDENT.” 

UNMASKING COMPETING POLLING

Bill Hagerty is a long way from the 46-29 race he said it was back on July 1, with more recent GOP polls putting the contest close to or firmly within the margin of error. What’s not up for debate is how Tennesseans feel about how best to address gun safety. Fresh numbers from Giffords PAC say 80% in Tennessee voters support background checks for all gun sales, and 60% were more likely to support a U.S. Senate candidate that supported the measure. Remember, in early June, Vanderbilt released the last statewide survey with data on the presidential contest and found Biden testing within single digits (42-51) without having aired a single commercial. That poll came out of the field on May 22, before widespread protests or the COVID infection/hospitalization spike. 

UNMASKING STAFF?

The fact the (previously) perceived front runner is attacking their opponent’s campaign staff for previously working for another member of the same political party all but confirms the Republican Senate primary is anybody’s ballgame. 

UNMASKING A CLEAR CONTRAST

While both Republican camps — one a doctor and the other a member of the White House COVID Task Force — go out of their way to hold unmasked and widely attended campaign events, decorated Iraq war combat veteran James Mackler continues making his pitch asking Tennesseans to let him serve again, holding virtual events, earning major in-state newspaper endorsements, and meeting Tennessee voters in person in masks and at safe distances, making clear that electing him is the best way to cancel out Marsha Blackburn’s vote in the U.S. Senate.

With all the presidential ambition entering the ring in Tennessee’s GOP Senate primary, don’t be surprised if The Rock taps into this smackdown!

Rest in Power Rep. John Lewis and CT Vivian.

102 Days until Election Day.  

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