Poll says Boyd has pulled ahead of Black in GOP gubernatorial primary

While Diane Black led other Republican candidates in a Tennessee Star poll some months ago, the arch-conservative online website reports a new survey this week shows Randy Boyd is now the frontrunner.

The poll of 1,040 likely Tennessee Republican primary voters was conducted for The Tennessee Star by Triton Polling and Research over a four day period beginning Monday June 25 and ending Thursday June 28 and has a margin of error of 3.1 percent.

…The new Tennessee Star Poll released today indicates that Boyd has moved into the lead with 32.6 percent, followed by Black with 26.9 percent, Lee with 20.3 percent and Harwell at 6.9 percent. These figures underscore the reason why Black launched an attack ad targeting both Boyd and Lee earlier this week.

Tennessee Star Political Editor Steve Gill notes that with only 13 percent of voters being undecided the support levels for each candidate are starting to firm up with early voting beginning a little over two weeks from now on July 13.

“Each candidate has essentially secured those who like them, now they have to pull people away from their opponents in order to move the dial which is why you are starting to see the attack ads fly,” Gill says.

25 Responses to Poll says Boyd has pulled ahead of Black in GOP gubernatorial primary

  • Kenmeth says:

    I know that when poor Stuart gets wind of this he is likely to blow a gasket. But the truth of the matter is, Randy Boyd is stable, qualified, experienced in helping to advance economic development in our state. He is a genuine person whenever you meet him and will make us proud, as governor

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      No, when there is one attractive wealthy candidate who has a long history of association with the most liberal wing of the Republican Party like Randy! running against two proven tepid conservatives and one very wealthy No Record Candidate who alleges he is a conservative one has to have a very cheap, poorly constructed “gasket” to blow when you hear that Randy! is ahead. Indeed, the brilliantly conceived ANYBODY BUT BOYD strategy was formulated precisely in anticipation that if conservatives split their vote three ways it was Boyd’s election to lose.

      Now crunch time begins and I appeal to my fellow conservatives to put aside behaving as though Tennessee had a runoff so we can choose our favorite candidate in the first round and unify in the second round simply because there are no second round in Tennessee. Please put personalities aside, in terms of governance, there’s not a dime’s worth of difference between Black and Harwell and allegedly Lee (if most of you are feelin’ lucky). With Randy!, relative to the other 2 1/2, you will have eight years of statist solutions to the problems of this state and you will be screaming and petitioning regarding the social issues. PLEASE DON’T DO IT to you, and most of all, don’t do it to me.

      As of now, it appears Diane has the best chance of beating Boyd. It is what it is and I know, it ain’t pretty, but conservatives have to be prepared to forget who they WANT to be Governor, and instead concentrate on who they NEED to be Governor, and that’s (altogether now) ANYBODY BUT BOYD!. Remember what that quartet of English philosophers have been teaching us since we were children, “YOU CAN’T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT, BUT IF YOU TRY SOMETIME, YOU MIGHT FIND, YOU GET WHAT YOU NEED!”

      • Murph The Surf says:

        Stuart…that song was by a quintet, unless you think the Beatles recorded it, which is even scarier to contemplate. You can’t get a 49-year old piece of music trivia correct and, yet, you expect us to listen to you now? Anybody but Black. Now go blow your gasket.

  • John I’m Done says:


  • benton temple says:

    Stuart Anderson shilling for liberal politician, “D.C. Diane” Black. No surprise. Stuart, Diane is literally on tape mocking President Trump’s border wall and saying it can’t be done! Wake up!

  • Phil Lassiter says:

    Diane didn’t try hard enough. Boyd out worked her. Staying in DC to be in Congress while your competition kicks your rear is idiotic. WHOEVER advised her to stay in Congress is the reason she will lose. Mark my word. Shame for all of us though since we will have Boyd. Watch how fast he forgets all this conservatism he touts now. Haslam did exact same thing-forgot everything he promised.

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      To soon to wave the white flag Phil. Diane’s is only a little over five points behind and you have to think that whereas enthusiasts for centrist Republicans have already discerned Randy! is their guy so he has more or less what he is going to have when voting begins, I pray that there are many conservatives who will recognize the waste of voting for any candidate who is significantly behind in the polls and will gravitate toward Diane if she remains the most like to defeat Boyd.

      • benton temple says:

        Again, Stuart….. Diane Black is a career politician and is THE MOST LIBERAL candidate running.

        • Stuart I. Anderson says:

          Benton, of course you have a right to call it like you see it. You can call a tomato a head of lettuce, if that’s what you want to do. If you do, however, people will giggle at you behind your back and I hate to see that happen if it’s perfectly avoidable.

          Randy! is a self identified moderate, who rates Mitt Romney as the individual he wants to pattern himself after, who was initially a firm Never Trumper when the Presidential election began and has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to an organization affiliated with the extremist La Raza organization that wants to make life as easy as possible for illegal aliens. Diane Black, on the other hand, has served in the House since 2011 where her performance has earned her a 78% from the Heritage Foundation, an 80% from the Club For Growth, and a 69% from the Conservative Review.

          Of course, armed with these facts you still have a right to call Diane “. . .THE MOST LIBERAL candidate running,” but it is only fair to tell you that people will giggle. I thought it best for you to hear it from a friend.

          • benton temple says:

            Stuart, the newspaper in Rutherford Co. just had an article where Diane admits to voting for Bill Clinton for President. Ain’t nothing conservative about that. In fact, that’s liberal.

    • William Upton says:

      If she hadn’t stayed in Washington to do her job there, we’d be roasting her for that.

  • BLACK IS TO UGLY ANYWAY! ALSO ANYBODY BUT JUDD MATHENY! Let’s give Black more time to catch and release.

    • Donna Locke says:

      Tommy, if you think you can win a beauty contest, step up. Be sure to enter a contest in Maury County because that is all the transplanted editor of the Columbia Daily Herald is interested in, aside from running obtuse Washington Post pieces and self-promotional columns of his. This editor, James Bennett, has gone out of his way to diss Diane Black.

      And I wish I could vote for Judd Matheny. In Congress, I guarantee you he would get an At on immigration enforcement and reduction.

    • Phil Lassiter says:

      Bankrupt Tommy weighing in on other’s people issues. Wonderful.

  • Donna Locke says:

    Reminder if the immigration issue is important to you: Diane Black, Marsha Blackburn, and Scott DesJarlais are the only Congress members in the Tennessee delegation who have At grades on immigration enforcement and reduction from NumbersUSA, which lobbies for same.

    John Duncan has an A-. The others are below that. The Democrats, Steve Cohen and Jim Cooper, have F-.

    You need to understand that immigration, the numbers and illegality we have been getting, affects and will affect everything in this country. Everything. Every other issue. Including civil rights — in terms of affirmative action and minority set-aside programs and in terms of what a probable future Catholic majority will influence on LGBT, abortion, church-state separation, and other issues.

    My primary issue with immigration concerns population growth and consequent environmental impact, depletion of natural resources, and decline of quality of life. But I am also concerned about the impacts I mentioned above, as well as about what kind of government we will eventually end up with as products of lawlessness, entitlement, and endless, arrogant demands take over while expecting American natives to keep funding them and their agendas.

    • James White says:

      Donna, Marsha and Diane voted FOR Amnesty for Illegals. How is that ‘immigration enforcement’ ?

      • Donna Locke says:

        James, they are taking their cues from immigration control orgs, etc., who are trying to get tough measures in exchange for the DACA amnesty. I don’t agree with this, but it is a tough position to be in because of the other, rival, bills that could be passed without the tough measures. The Republicans won’t even pass mandated E-Verify, but Diane, Marsha, and Scott would do it.

  • MarLE says:

    When you are a career politician you should understand that your record precedes you with every new office you seek. Both Diane and Marsha talk tough on immigration but the border is not secure, E-verify is not effective (if it were why would it need to be a key element of new legislation?), and apparently they would support the DACA “fix” which Trump described as a “bill of LOVE” creating a path to citizenship. They each sold the President’s Tax Bill to us with outright lies and half-truths which misled the public on the true nature of this bill….it was NOT at all like the Reagan tax cuts and the hallmark of the bill, increasing the standard deduction, was barely a perceptible improvement considering the loss of the personal exemption. The house bill, which mercifully did not prevail, included a significant Marriage Penatly for many 2-earner families. I could go on and on. Bottom line is a voting record and the sales pitch used to justify that record are worth assessing. It goes to issues of trustworthiness and integrity. We spend too little ink, not too much, on this effort.

    • Donna Locke says:

      It’s a problem with the Republicans as a whole. The faction who would act more LIKE true conservatives are just that — a faction and a fraction. True conservatives, however, are few and far between. I consider myself one; that’s why I am Independent. This means I am a fiscal conservative and I’m for limiting government and staying out of people’s private lives if they pose no danger to others.

  • James White says:

    Anybody but Blackburn.

  • Misty Pardner says:

    Fake News Alert! Anything from the Tennessee Star is subject to suspicion. Steve Gills ego has overrun any good judgement he might have had before the story about him being the political tastemaker here in Middle Tennessee. His blatant support of challengers in the state House races shows the bias he has and it will result in losses for the challengers, just ask Joe Carr. One thing for sure though. Gill and his bunch figured out he could make money bashing people instead of doing it for free over at RTP. I wonder how much money Gill is raking in now between TS and Gill Media doing work for candidates?

  • Misty Pardner says:
  • Phil Lassiter says:

    Makes sense RTP was Gill. That blog went dormant when TN Star emerged

  • Jason Wallflower says:

    Yeah, RTP was Steve Gill and crew hiding behind an anonymous so that they could trash whoever they wanted, whenever they wanted without implications. Looks like he decided he could profit off it now.

  • Silence Dogood says:

    What the voters need is an easy method to recall an elected official. A recall election consisting only of the voters who voted for the person elected. Not a new election. And the election would be paid for by the voters. Then when these folks LIE to us we can deal with them quickly. That would put the candidates discussed above on a shorter leash and teach them to fear their constituents wrath and disillusionment. Better than term limits. All the above is BS. Not one person in this discussion KNOWS what their preferred candidate will actually do when elected and the MONEY and POWER available corrupt them. Truth.

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