News release from Joe Carr Senate campaign:
Nashville, TN – In what can only be described as an attempt to slow the momentum of conservative Joe Carr’s primary challenge, Senator Lamar Alexander’s campaign has reserved approximately $400,000 worth of early television advertising scheduled to begin next week.
The media buy comes on the heels of a string of bad news for Senator Alexander’s campaign. A recent Vanderbilt University poll showed a staggering 20% decline in Senator Alexander’s approval rating among voters who identify with the Tea Party — and an overall approval rating under 50% – the lowest number of any statewide elected official in Tennessee. Other publicly released polling has showed Senator Alexander receiving only 46% of the vote in the Republican primary – a remarkably low number for a candidate who is well known to voters after a 40 year career in Tennessee politics.
Most recently, the Carr campaign reported a surge in campaign donations, bringing in $250,000 for the most recent fundraising quarter. Additionally, Carr received contributions from all 95 counties in Tennessee, as well as 43 of 50 states resulting in over 1000 donors in the 4th quarter.
“I think Senator Alexander is finally starting to realize that he made a mistake when he announced to Washington media outlets that he was going to run hard against the Tea Party in Tennessee. Now that it is obvious that strategy has backfired, he’s forced to spend several hundred thousand dollars in an attempt to rescue his plummeting poll numbers. But no amount of money or slick TV ads can disguise the fact that Lamar is a career politician with a record of selling out Tennessee conservatives,” said Joe Carr.
Note: Alexander’s press release on the ad is HERE.