Early voting draws more Nashville Republicans than Dems

Friday, July 30, 2010 at 12:00am

With early voting winding down in Metro’s general election, more Davidson County residents have voted in the Republican primary than the Democratic primary, albeit by a small margin.

According to Davidson County Election Administrator Ray Barrett, 18,154 Davidson County residents have voted as of late Thursday afternoon, with 9,632 voting in the Republican primary compared to 8,436 citizens who have voted in the Democratic primary. Eighty-six voters chose to cast ballots in the Metro general election but not in either primary.

Early voting, which started July 16, runs through Saturday, July 31. Election Day is Aug. 5.

The turnout advantage for the GOP in a traditionally Democratic county is presumably the byproduct of the competitive Republican gubernatorial three-way race of Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp.

West Tennessee businessman Mike McWherter is the lone Democratic nominee for governor.

Democratic voters in the state’s Senate District 21 have accounted for 3,582, or 42 percent, of the total number of votes in the Democratic primary as a whole.

The contest, one of the mostly closely watched primary races in the state, features state Sen. Douglas Henry, who is trying to stave off a challenge from attorney Jeff Yarbro.

7 Comments on this post:

By: Anna3 on 7/29/10 at 10:36

Douglas Henry....God Bless you! You do not deserve the treatment this left wing New Demodcratic Party of Obama is giving you in this race. They ought to be ashamed!

By: budlight on 7/30/10 at 7:49

Well, thanks C P for keeping us up on that number. I'm sure that will alert the Acorn so they can get in here and stuff the ballot boxes with demorats' who are dead or in prison. Isn't that how it's done these days?

By: joe41 on 7/30/10 at 9:46

I thought all the idiots read the Tennessean. I see two got through.

By: Beernazi on 7/30/10 at 11:50

that's okay, joe. they're probably supporting Basil Marceaux anyway.

By: budlight on 7/30/10 at 11:52

Yeah, Joe41 minus some; you and beernazi add up to 2; or would that be ZERO?

If you know how to identify an idiot, it's cause you're close to one everytime you look in a mirror (darkly)!

By: govskeptic on 7/30/10 at 12:00

Democrats voting in Republican primary in Nashille! Been awhile since that last took place but voting for Haslam now
gives everyone the same kind of guy come Nov.

By: localboy on 8/3/10 at 11:09

Crossover's a time-honored tradition used here, usually by the Republicans since historically they were in the minority and tried to insure the weakest opposition possible for the November elections. Times they are achangin'..