Sunday, October 08, 2006

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.


Anonymous GoreFriend said...

Harold Ford is sure to win,or place.

I'm sure President Gore will visit Tennessee any day now and stump for Rep Ford.

We are all looking forward to the chance to shake President Gore's hand as much as we are looking forward to saying 'Howdy, Senator Ford".

12:16 AM  
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Anonymous pnwmom said...

I wish the pollster reported margin of error. There's only 500 in the sample, so there's a significant margin of error.

11:08 AM  
Anonymous Radical Activist said...

Ford has been running for Senate for years but I didn't think he would be doing this well. Its too bad he's a moderate sell-out but I guess we have to take what we can get from the South.

11:09 AM  
Anonymous geek tragedy said...

He's replacing BIll Frist. He's not perfect, but a mega upgrade.

11:39 AM  
Anonymous MellowMan said...

'..have to take what we can get from the South.'

Got a great point there.

Gore in the senate, Gore as VP, Clinton as AR governor, Clinton as president, Carter as GA governor, Carter as president.

Harold Ford Sr as TN congressman, indicted in 1990 for mail fraud election fraud, (Clinton obstructed justice and got him aquitted) Brother John Ford in TN Legislature indicted in "Tennessee Waltz" in 2005,awaiting trial (the others are already in prison)Sister Ophelia Ford elected to John's seat in Sept 2005, lost seat in April, 2006 when voters were discovered to be dead or illegal or from out of state and area.

Son, Harold Ford Jr. left college to take Dad's seat in congress. Same dead or ineligible DemoRats re-elected him for the next 10 years. Jr has never had a real job.

Now Jr wants to be senator from TN in Bill Frist's seat.

3:40 PM  

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