Poll Has Sen. Alexander Up 3-to-1 Over Tea Party Rivals

Thursday, 29 Aug 2013 01:45 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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The plan to oust two-term U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee by offering alternative GOP and tea party candidates appears to be fizzling.

A new poll paid for by Alexander shows he leads three-to-one over his Republican primary opponents and other possible tea party candidates, The Tennessean reports.

The poll of 600 likely Republican voters shows Alexander leading state Rep. Joe Carr, 64 percent to 22 percent, in a hypothetical matchup.

But other tea party candidates may still enter the contest. One of those considering a bid, Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, is polling ahead of Carr.

In a one-on-one contest between Alexander and Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, a tea party suppoter who is considering running, Alexander would grab 62 percent of the vote compared to 23 for Burchett, the poll found.

The survey also revealed that another tea party hopeful, Brenda Lenard, who ran unsuccessfully against U.S. Sen. Bob Corker in last year’s GOP primary, would also be trounced by Alexander, 69 percent to 16 percent.

Alexander has been under attack for being his voting record with Carr calling him the “most liberal” of the nine Republicans representing the Volunteer State in Washington.

Related: Tennessee Tea Party Groups Rally Against Alexander

Tea party activists recently criticized him for his vote in support of the immigration reform measure that passed the Senate.

The poll was conducted by North Star Opinion Research.

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