At last report, McWherter had only $1.2 million. That won't last long at his current rate of spending on television, which the Haslam campaign says is $500,000 in the past two weeks. This entire year, McWherter has collected only $400,000 from donors. His campaign is functioning at all at this point only because he gave himself $1 million. Without a big injection of cash from somewhere, it's hard to imagine how he can close this gap with Haslam, whose money pot is bottomless.
Haslam holds “sizable leads over McWherter among both male and female voters” and leads McWherter nearly four-to-one among independent voters, according to Rasmussen Reports.
Haslam is viewed Very Favorably by 26% of the state’s voters, up slightly from June. Only five percent (5%) view the Republican Very Unfavorably.
For McWherter, Very Favorables are 20%, Very Unfavorables 11%. Those ratings are also more positive than those found back in June.
Sixty-two percent (62%) of Tennessee voters view Haslam as a conservative, but another 29% see him as politically moderate.
McWherter is viewed as politically liberal by 33% of voters, but slightly more (39%) see him as a moderate.
Sixty-five percent (65%) believe Haslam’s views are generally mainstream, while 50% say that about McWherter. Nearly one-in-four voters (23%) say McWherter’s views are extreme, compared to 14% who say the same of Haslam. Still, a sizable number of voters are not sure where either nominee’s views lie.
Haslam campaign manager Mark Cate:
“Bill Haslam is the only candidate left with the proven track record of creating jobs, shrinking the size of government and managing budgets efficiently, and all voters are recognizing his capabilities and why he’s the only man suited to be the next governor of Tennessee."