Ford Opens Lead In Tennessee Senate Race
Rep. Harold Ford (D-TN) has opened up a five-point lead over Chattanooga Mayor Bob Corker, in the race for Tennessee's soon-to-be-vacated Senate seat.
The poll from Rasmussen has Ford up, 48%-43%. It continues a trendline going back to July, when Corker led by 12. Subsequent polls saw Corker's lead shrink, to six points in August and just one point in September.
According to Rasmussen, the turning point of the campaign may have been a television advertisement Corker ran, in which Corker tells his mother that he lowered the crime rate in Chattanooga by 50%. The claim wasn't true, leading critics to charge, "If Corker can lie to his mother, what does that mean for Tennesseans?"
While the race is far from over, the latest poll suggests Ford is in good shape. He leads among "moderate" voters by an overwhelming 70-23 margin, and his favorability rating is higher than Corker.
Democrats must win the seat, being vacated by the retiring Republican Bill Frist, if the party is to have any chance of regaining control of the Senate this November.