Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Wamp Disses Poll Before He Knows the Results

Posted By on Wed, Jul 21, 2010 at 10:56 AM

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Tennessee's four biggest newspapers are polling in the governor's race, and Zach Wamp already is so convinced that bad news is coming that he's dismissing it before the results are even in. Sunday's scheduled publication of the poll's results in the Nashville, Knoxville, Memphis and Chattanooga newspapers will give all-important Big Mo to the leader (aka Bill Haslam). When Wamp caught wind of the poll yesterday, he immediately went into damage-control mode, claiming it will fail to take into account unusually heavy turnout he expects (for himself, of course) in certain places. Rick Locker reports from a Cookeville Starbucks:

"There's going to be a wide spread in intensity, like the eastern part of Shelby County where a huge early voting turnout is underway. They've got the county mayor's race and sheriff's race that is turning out voters. I'm encouraged because I'm strong in Germantown, Collierville, Millington and other areas in Shelby County. That's one thing that a survey is not going to tell you," Wamp said.

"If you're in the hunt, election day could very well swing one way or the other depending on the intensity, the activation and the momentum. There's no doubt in my mind that in the last eight days since the debate, the momentum is with our campaign. Prior to that, 36 percent were undecided and I believe we're wining the vast majority of them, plus a major shift away from Ramsey and a lot of Haslam supporters are coming our way once they saw the debate.

"I think Bill Haslam is a very nice man but I do not think that he is either the man or the leader that his money says he is and I think that's the issue that a lot of people are now talking about. A lot of people come up to me and say he's trying to buy it isn't he."

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