Two Nashville mayor candidates produce polls showing themselves as frontrunners

An internal poll touted by Bill Freeman’s campaign and a separate survey from Howard Gentry’s camp show themselves leading Nashville’s multi-candidate race for mayor and opponents trailing in a similar order, according to The Tennessean.

A poll commissioned by Freeman’s campaign of likely Nashville voters May 7-12 found that Freeman is the top choice of 20 percent of likely voters, up from 11 percent on April 1. The same poll found Gentry’s support has dipped from 27 percent to 16 percent over that time and Megan Barry has climbed from 13 percent to 16 percent.

…But a separate internal poll from Gentry’s campaign conducted May 7-11 has Gentry in the lead, with 21 percent of likely voters saying he’s their top choice. It found Freeman second with 19 percent followed by Barry at 10 percent.

…Freeman’s poll, a survey of 600 likely voters, was conducted by Washington D.C.-based Democratic pollster Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent. Gentry’s poll came from The Mellman Group, also a national Democratic pollster. It was based on responses from 500 likely voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percent. Percentages are rounded.

Metro’s general election is Aug. 6. Early voting begins July 17. A run-off in September between the top two finishers is expected.