Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Campaign Shocker: Haslam's 'in Free Fall'

Posted by on Tue, Jul 27, 2010 at 8:21 AM

Zach Wamp and Ron Ramsey are spinning furiously to explain away the latest poll showing Bill Haslam ahead by 11 points in their governor's primary. Ramsey says he's got Haslam right where he wants him. Haslam isn't panicking yet, Ramsey concedes, but he's dropping like a rock. Otherwise, why would he air that 1-minute ad responding to his rivals' attacks?

“They went to the four corners offense and tried to run the clock out and way too soon,” Ramsey said. “He’s literally trying to ride this out. You can’t dodge the voters and expect to win. They’re in free fall. They know they’re in free fall. They’re not in panic mode yet, but I think they’re getting close to it.”

Wamp is sticking to his Mystery Turnout Theory. Those pollsters with their wacky random digit dialing can't possibly find all the masses of bumpkin Wamp voters out there in the backcountry, right?

“Polling doesn’t show where people are voting heavy or voting light,” Wamp said. “Just watch what happens. Where people are voting in bigger numbers is where I am going to do better. We’re watching that constantly in early voting. I do well in rural counties. I wanted to do a certain percentage of the total vote, and they’re 8 points higher. What does that mean? It means a lot of traditional Democrats in rural counties in places like the 8th District are voting Republican for the first time ever. I’m doing very well there.”

Read Mike Morrow's report.

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