Poll shows McCain, Hillary leading Tennessee

Tuesday, February 5, 2008 at 1:29am

“Super Duper Tuesday” is finally here, and Tennessee voters as well as Americans in at least 20 other states will head to the polls on a day that could decide who will be the next leader of the free world.

In Davidson County, the polls will open at 7 a.m. and remain open until 7 p.m.

Statewide, a record 320,000 Tennesseans voted early. A big turnout today could overtake the state’s record of 830,000 in 1988 when favorite son Al Gore was on the ballot.

“I think we can approach that,” said Brook Thompson, the state’s election coordinator.

While the national polls have Sens. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Barack Obama (D-Ill.) in a tight race, Clinton leads Obama by 14 to 33 points, depending on which of four polls of likely Democratic voters in Tennessee that have been taken since Wednesday.

Despite the lead, Sen. Thelma Harper (D-Nashville), a Clinton supporter, is not taking anything for granted.

“You’re never comfortable until the polls are closed and the votes are counted,” Harper said.

U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Nashville), an Obama supporter, took issue with the poll numbers, saying internal surveys from the Obama campaign show that the race is within single digits “and closing.”

Cooper said today’s result “all depends on turnout.”

“The Obama campaign has boosted turnout to historic levels,” Cooper said. “People are hungry for change, so every vote will count. So every Tennessean needs to express their opinion.”

On the Republican side, U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has led most recent Tennessee polling versus a pair of former governors, Mike Huckabee of Arkansas and Mitt Romney of Massachusetts.

A Public Policy Polling survey released Monday had McCain leading Huckabee 34 percent to 28 percent with Romney coming in third with 22 percent. The margin of error was plus or minus 2.9 percent.

A Rasmussen Reports survey released Saturday had McCain leading Romney 32 percent to 29 percent.

Romney remained confidant Monday, swooping into Nashville to eat some pancakes and stump for votes in a “24-hour, nonstop effort” prior to Super Tuesday.

“We’re going to win in Tennessee,” Romney said, saying that recent poll was encouraging because it showed the race narrowing to a two-person contest between he and McCain.

Romney ate breakfast at Pancake Pantry in Hillsboro Village and then pitched reporters on how he would fix a “fundamentally broken” Washington and why McCain (R-Ariz.) is not in the GOP’s mainstream.

To support that argument, Romney listed McCain’s early stance against the Bush tax cuts, support of campaign finance reform legislation and giving “amnesty to illegals.”

“On issue after issue, he is out of the mainstream of the Republican Party,” Romney said of McCain.

Former Congressman and Republican gubernatorial nominee Van Hilleary acknowledges that all of the Republican candidates have some “chink in their conservative armor.”

But Hilleary said McCain is “far and away” the best Republican candidate to defeat Hillary Clinton, who he expects to be the Democrats’ nominee.

“I do believe Sen. McCain, far and away, has the best experience, both life experience and public experience, to be the commander in chief,” Hilleary said in an interview.

One of Hilleary’s conservative colleagues, U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Brentwood), stood side-by-side with Romney after his Pancake Pantry event.

Blackburn said she supports Romney because he is a “proven reformer” of government and has a strong understanding of issues facing small businesses.

On McCain, Blackburn said that the veteran senator is a “good guy” and that “no one questions” his national security credentials, but that was not enough to back him.

“I just think he is not as conservative as I would like to see our nominee be,” Blackburn said in an interview.

Besides Romney, Huckabee campaigned Monday in Chattanooga as well as in northeast Tennessee.

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By: BADCOPS on 12/31/69 at 6:00

What's wrong with people? These two do not represent change in politics?Nothing new about these two guys.

By: TITAN1 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Hillary Clinton gets my vote, hope that lead holds and she wins.

By: idgaf on 12/31/69 at 6:00

McCain is a RINO and and old one at that and if he is the nominee I will vote for hillary.Obama isn't even dry behind the ears and if its him and Juan for the first time in my life I will sit that one out.

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Id, do you ever have an original thought? You are almost repeating verbatim what Ann Coulter has publicly stated. Baaaaaaaa!!! LOL

By: Cowboy84 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

400 million people in this country and this is the best we can get? A senator who can't give you a straight answer on any question harder than, "What day is it?" and cries or whines "the boys are playing too rough" when anyone dare question her. Another senator who has no trouble with how prisoners at Gitmo are interrogated even though he spents months in a prison camp in Vietnam.No wonder only about 40% of people vote, with choices like those it's tough to really believe they have your best interests at heart, unless your name is $$Money$$.

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

The candidates are a perfect representation of our society.

By: serr8d on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Looks like Romney gets my begrudged vote. There's no was, after looking over at the Democrats, I could ever consider voting for one of those.This country is too valuable to support the Leftists who would change for change sake.I'll quote my favorite writer, Jeff Goldstein, on 'change'..."Meantime, allow me to make the following suggestion to those whose entire political worldview is based around this amorphous (and purposely non-specific) desire for change: try crystal meth, or bang a tranny prostitute, or go pee-pee from an unfamiliar launching point. But please, please, don’t chose your president based on the promise of something different."There you go.

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Of course Serr, some people think regression is a positive thing.

By: dnewton on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Juan McAmnesty is going to get my version of campaign finance reform: He won't get any of my money to spend on campaigning. He thinks there is too much money in politics and now I suddenly agree with him. Does anyone know how to vote "present" in this election? I guess I still could vote for Fred Thompson's electors but there is no assurance that they won't be persuaded to vote for Juan McAmnesty. Whoever is the next president of the US will get the pride and pleasure of voting for the next federal gas tax increase. When the federal highway trust fund goes broke in the next year or so that will prevent the feds from returning about $212 million dollars per year to the state of Tennessee. Anybody who has been sitting in the senate knows that the house and the senate are deadlocked over two drastically different transportation authorization bills but no one seems to want to mention what they would do to rescue the highway trust fund. If the senate version were passed, the highway trust fund might go broke before the election so I think the "deadlock" is fabricated to avoid the discussion. I think we will find out only after the election how the trust fund will be stabilized. Mike Huckabee came up with an idea to spend $150 billion on one road on the east coast rather than give back the tax cut. That one road would cost about the entire transportation authorization amount for 5 years. Huckabee sounds like he got his transportation expertise at the chamber of commerce and the rest got theirs from watching too much David Letterman. Juan Mc Amnesty was right on the earmarks but I have seen how he acts when he does not need my vote and it isn't pretty.

By: imdyinhere on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Hillary ClintonBarack ObamaJohn McCainMitt RomneyHow did things get so bad that one of the above will most likely be our next President. If this is the government we deserve, no wonder things are so messed up.

By: tv8527 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Screw both of these candidates.Vote for Romney. If that doesn't work, I'm not voting in the general election there won't be anything there worth attaching my name to.

By: Time for Truth on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Marsha, Marsha, Marsha! Do you really think who is conservative enough for you is the litmus test that the voters are looking for? Well, maybe a couple of the regulars on this site but certainly not a majority of Americans who have endured the Bush failures based on 'conservative values'.

By: MJB on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Wow, S8, you talk big and act small. Last week, you were all “I’m voting for Obama to stop Hillary”. This week, you show more of your true colors, voting for a man who embodies the word “opportunist” and, worse, has no good ideas for this country. What can we expect, however, from a man whose favorite writer employs the phrase “go pee-pee”? It does support my interpretation of your behavior yesterday, of course.Newt, if you vote, then you’re voting “present”. Just do like most of us & vote for the least bad candidate.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Ah, serr complaining about the "leftists," as if the "compassionate conservatives" have done us proud over the past 8 years. He seriously must be part of a government brainwashing experiment - lol!

By: revo-lou on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Did anybody see Hillary on Letterman last night? I got the feeling that she is catering to EVERYBODY!! Unfortunately, she really does sound like every other politician. I hope she changes her tune if she is elected.

By: serr8d on 12/31/69 at 6:00

M, you certainly didn't think it would be you, did you?I've changed my mind. And, the Poor Choice Democrats. That's much like drowning in one's own vomitus. My side has poor choices; but in comparison, not so much.

By: Cowboy84 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

im, the answer to your question is $$money$$.Imagine if our great presidents had to try to run in today's environment. Lincoln: too tall, not a face for TV, inexperienced, a failure at business. FDR, the man is in a wheelchair, how can he lead our country. Teddy Roosevelt, too much of a cowboy and who buys that whole "walk softly and carry a big stick" line.And that's not even considering the founding fathers; talk about problems polling well.

By: serr8d on 12/31/69 at 6:00

nazi, 'compassionate conservatism' is a George Bush meme.Not mine.

By: WickedTribe on 12/31/69 at 6:00

I hope these polls are proved wrong and Obama wins here.

By: MJB on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Yes, S8, you have changed your mind, justifying those of us who didn't pay too much attention to your vehement assertions last week or even yesterday.Although John Edwards was a better choice than either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama, they're head & shoulders above the Republicans, who want to continue in the disastrous & criminal footsteps of Bush-Dick.I did see much of Clinton on THE LATE SHOW last night, Lou. She didn't do anything unusual. Such venues are chances for politicians to deliver a few laugh lines as they get sucked up to by the hosts. I wouldn't take 'em too seriously. The numbers this evening are what interest me.

By: serr8d on 12/31/69 at 6:00

M, yes, I still have an open mind, and I can be swayed by further study and analysis.You? Calcification of the cranium. Lockstep and shuffling with the left. Mindset with neofascism.Read "Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning

By: NewYorker1 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

OMG! I just got a glimpse of myself in the mirror and I am absolutely stunning. I took my breath away when I saw myself. Today, Hugo Boss shirt and flat-front pants. Versace boots and matching belt. two-tone Wittnauer watch with diamond surround . two-tone ring and bracelet by Bailey Banks & Biddle.

By: girliegirl on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Truth from a Dem here: you can't FORCE the American people to have health insurance. It didn't work for the state of Mass... most of the individuals meant to be covered opted for the penalty, which was STILL less $$ than the insurance would've cost them. So...that knocks out both Osama-Bama and Ms. Clinton. Huckabee is a preacher, and having been raised by one, they're "bleeding hearts" incarnate. No stomach for "leading a nation" in a time of crisis. This is a dirty job he's stumping for. That leaves you Rom and McAmnesty. I'm picking the Mormon this time. Just walk into the booth, hold your nose, and "get 'er done." :-)

By: huckafan on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Governor Romney's Mass. Health Care Plan will require a Federal bail out. Please read:http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2008/02/03/subsidized_care_plans_cost_to_double/. I do not want to pay for his health plan. For sure, I do not want to pay for the abortions that his plan pays. Governor Huckabee wants us to keep our total pay check. Please vote for the Huck.

By: MJB on 12/31/69 at 6:00

S8, I've read Jonah Goldberg's writing. He's not bright. You should branch out past the Reactionary Book-of-the-Month Club. Try reading writings by intelligent, thoughtful writers: Noam Chomsky, Christopher Hitchens, David Corn--to name merely three.Interesting that you claim "further study & analysis" but cannot supply a single reason to vote for Mitt Romney.

By: girliegirl on 12/31/69 at 6:00

you won't keep your paycheck. Too many senators and reps stand in your way. Reality check: abortions cost around $500 to $600. The average ER bill is in the THOUSANDS. And a woman can only get pregnant once a month, but Consuello can take her kids to the ER "every friggin day" if she wants to. And go to the ER. Take a cell phone/cam and see for yourself. We waited for 2 hours at Vandy's ER for our son to see someone. It ain't gettin' any better, folks. They're just going to line up more and more each day. And 20 minutes for a heart attack is "fatal" by today's standards.

By: NewYorker1 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

I've decided I'm not wasting any of my time voting. It's a complete waste of time and energy, because nothing changes despite who's in office. Taxes continue to increase, crime continues to increase, our money continues to go over seas to build other countries, our jobs will still go over seas. It's all a mess regardless of who wins, so I've decided to stay out of it.My life is fabulous because I make it fabulous. It's not because of who is president.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

serr's "further study and analysis"? Only if it supports what he already believes to be true, otherwise it's his usual diatribe of insults.

By: MJB on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Blanket, I admire what you say, but we shouldn't lower ourselves to S8's level & label & call names. It's difficult to reason w/ fellow opiners, but we should continue to try.Okay, I'm going to breakfast. I look forward to reading & writing w/ you all tonight, after the polls close.

By: revo-lou on 12/31/69 at 6:00

NY – You used to scare me, now I think I’ll join you!!! Metaphorically I mean!!!!! LOL

By: NewYorker1 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

revo-lou, you're a sweetheart.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

MJB, IMHO you should follow your own advice before you council others.

By: Fundit on 12/31/69 at 6:00

I'm going to vote for Obama and take my neighborhood poll workers some treats. I saw Jonah Goldberg on the Daily Show. Stewart ripped him limb from limb. Sorta like what happens here when serr and blanket get started. Love it.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Good for you, Fundit! That's a great idea! Yeah, I guess serr and I let the fur fly sometimes - lol!

By: NewYorker1 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

I've never put my fate in another man or woman. If I need medical insurance, then I go to work so that I can pay for medical insurance. If I need gas in my vehicle, then I go to work so that I can put gas in my vehicle. If I need to warm my home during the cold season, then I go to work so that I can pay to warm my home. It's that simple. Stop thinking these people can change your life. It's up to you to make your life better. If the United States doesn't offer the jobs needed to provide for yourself, then move to another country. The U.S. is NOT the only place in the world to live. I've been to countries that have a better quality of life than the United States.

By: airvols on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Anybody but a Republican, we can't afford more WAR, more INFLATION, more BAD ECONOMY, more, BIG OIL in your pocket, UNAFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE. America has awakened to a new day, brighter future, no more stolen elections. V O T E DEMOCRATIC,SHOW THEM YOU COUNT!

By: cocheese on 12/31/69 at 6:00

not sure if i'll even go vote this evening, never missed a poll since i was 18 but there's not much for me to chose from. i like a lot about what Romney says he wants to do, but he's in a cult and that is enough to keep me away. Huckabee has a lot of good points, but not a chance. McCain is a fool and i hope and pray he doesn't get the nomination. is their a limit on how many times you can run for President? Those two wacko's on the left are a joke. just the democratic leaders playing politics. why don't they go ahead and kill two birds with one stone and get a black woman to run. nethier is fit to run our country, just an attempt by the Dems to get the black and female vote. Hillary wins, Obama will be VP, and vice versa. i find myself leaning more and more towards this Ron Paul guy, he has some no nonsense ideas, but i need to do some more research.

By: MJB on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Blanket, it's advice for all of us. I wrote "we".(By the way, you meant "counsel".)

By: NewYorker1 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

You have to admit though, whoever wins, it GOT to be better than that hot mess in office right now. I honestly believe, this country would be better off if two dead flies where running the country than Bush/Dick.

By: cocheese on 12/31/69 at 6:00

i'd have to disagree with ya there NY1. and how old are we? Bush/Dick???? come on now.

By: NewYorker1 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

That hot mess in office right now has been nothing but an embarrassment. It's like this country went from Belle Meade/Greens hills under Clinton to the trailer park/projects under Bush.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

MJB, whether you intend it or not, your "counsel" comes off as condescending. Just sayin'......

By: idgaf on 12/31/69 at 6:00

The primaries are not working. We need to go back to letting the parties pick the best they have.

By: MJB on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Don't mean to condescend, Blanket. I respect your opinions & read them eagerly. I was using your last remark simply to counsel you, me, & all of us to strive to rise above labeling, insulting, & name-calling. Believe me, any correction of you I take twofold for myself.Gotta go to work. Looking forward to this evening.

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

C'mon people now, smile on your brother, everybody get together try and love one another right now...

By: Time for Truth on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Cowboy, I think TR would have done just fine in the media age but you are right about the other two. Television has had a major impact on elections since 1960, when Tricky Dick forgot to shave in his TV debates with JFK.I think TV will help Obama in the same way if it is Obama vs McCain. Hillary can hold her own on TV although I noticed in the debates shots from behind were not as flattering. Versus either even the dapper Romney looks like a wind-up robot on TV. Huckster is very telegenic but he's also a complete fruitcake. Note to Huckster and McCain. The electorate doesn't generally treat those of us who are bald or balding very well. Ask Jerry Ford and Al Gore.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

lol, gdiafante! id, when I read your post I read it as the "primates" are not working. A guess a freudian slip on my part in my opinion of some of the candidates - lol!

By: Time for Truth on 12/31/69 at 6:00

cocheese, Ron Paul has some good ideas but there is evidence he is a racist. Enough evidence for me to avoid him. And he sounds alot like Woody Allen. After eight years of listening to a President who sounds like Gomer Pyle with a mouthful of food, spare me another tonsorially challenged President.

By: cocheese on 12/31/69 at 6:00

i wish i could take Huckabee, Romney, and Paul and mold them into one super candidate. It's going to be one interesting race. if McCain wins, will some Dems vote for him, who will hard core conservatives vote for? Clinton???? if she wins i think Obama will run as an independent. he seems very immature and full of "it

By: revo-lou on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Ron Paul is lost in the world. His views on “troop retreat” are a recipe for disaster. This country CANNOT survive in the world as an island. Huckleberry looks like a televangelist and is about as trust worthy as one. McCain will keel over within the first three years. Romney has strong business/economic sense (making money verses having money aka GWB). But I think he may be a little to far removed from common sense, based on some stories I have heard. Obama has the charisma and the connection to the people, but when they realize how much THEY are gonna have to do to achieve his plans, you are gonna see some really pissed off people. Hillary is just so power hungry it is scary. I don’t think she has the ability to make a plan and stick with it.Lesser of the evils? Obama, cause people are naïve, and if this country can survive a black president, we can survive anything. It is time for the ultimate test.