Mayfield Hires Pollster Whit Ayrers to Help Tommy Hopper

News release from Scottie Mayfield campaign:
ATHENS – Republican Scottie Mayfield today announced the addition of a highly respected Republican pollster to his campaign team. Whit Ayres, of North Star Opinion Research (formerly Ayres-McHenry and Associates), will conduct opinion research and help develop campaign strategy and message.
“We are excited about the addition of Whit to our growing team of respected Republican leaders and operatives. His winning track record in Tennessee will help us run a better campaign focused on the issues East Tennesseans care about,” said Scottie Mayfield.

Roll Call, a prominent Capitol Hill newspaper, called Ayres’ firm “one of the best in the nation.”
Ayres has advised some of the nation’s largest businesses, as well as the National Rifle Association, National Federation of Independent Business, and Chamber of Commerce. He helped elect GOP giants like former Senator Strom Thurmond and Senator Marco Rubio. His wins in Tennessee include former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, and Governor Bill Haslam.
Ayres joins a growing team of operatives with extensive Tennessee experience, including former state GOP chair Tommy Hopper and others.
Mayfield, the long-time spokesman for Mayfield Dairies, has filed papers allowing him to raise money and said a campaign announcement is in the works. He can be reached at or

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