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New TNJ Alert: Legislative box scores, Memphis residency case, House District 3 primary set

The latest print edition of The Tennessee Journal is out. Here is what’s in it:

— Legislative box score gives glance at session’s heroes and zeros.

— Flotsam and jetsam: Sifting through the wreckage of the hundreds of bills that didn’t make it.

— From the campaign trail: Memphis residency, 3rd House District race, Nashville mayor’s poll, Ogles and Trump reunited.

Also: Oprah on the Justins, Gary Humble audit deadline set, Masha Blackburn on walk-and-talks and grandparents providing security, and Scotty Campbell promotes a mystery wrestler.

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School choice group’s poll finds Campbell, Yarbro, O’Connell atop Nashville mayor’s race

The Nashville Metro Courthouse on March 13, 2023. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

A Tennesseans for Student Success poll finds Democratic state Sen. Heidi Campbell leading the Nashville mayor’s race with 22% support. Fellow Sen. Jeff Yarbro is next with 17%, followed by Metro Council member Freddie O’Connell with 16%.

Here are the horse race results per the poll:

  • Heidi Campbell: 22%
  • Jeff Yarbro: 17%
  • Freddie O’Connell: 16%
  • Sharon Hurt: 7%
  • Matt Wiltshire: 7%
  • Jim Gingrich: 4%
  • Alice Rolli: 4%
  • Vivian Wilhoite: 3%
  • Fran Bush: 2%
  • Other: 19%

The poll of 500 likely Nashville voters was conducted by VictoryPhones between May 2 and May 4. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.37 percentage points.

Respondents were also asked who their second choice was in the race. Here are the responses:

  • Heidi Campbell: 20%
  • Jeff Yarbro: 20%
  • Matt Wiltshire: 10%
  • Freddie O’Connell: 9%
  • Sharon Hurt: 7%
  • Jim Gingrich: 6%
  • Vivian Wilhoite: 4%
  • Alice Rolli: 2%
  • Fran Bush: 2%
  • Other: 21%

And here are the top factors in determining which candidate voters would back:

  • Positions on education and infrastructure spending: 22%
  • Positions on social issues: 21%
  • Local government experience: 18%
  • Positions on economic issue: 11%
  • Business experience: 6%
  • Legislative experience: 5%
  • The most liberal or conservative candidate: 4%
  • Endorsements by other public officials: 1%
  • Something else: 12%


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