Sean Braisted reports that the number of Davidson County voters pulling GOP primary ballots are almost as many as those pulling Democratic ballots:
With the first day in from the start of expanded early voting polling sites, it looks as if Republicans have all but eliminated the early voting lead held by Democrats in the first week of early voting.
Over 4,000 people voted yesterday alone, bringing the total from 2,529 to 6,625. Of those, 3,305 chose a Democratic ballot compared to 3,279 getting voting in the Republican primary. If those trends continue, it is likely that more people will have voted in a GOP primary in early voting than they have in the Democratic primary.
Well, the only hot Democratic race there is the one between Senator Douglas Henry and attorney Jeff Yarbro, and that affects a small part of the county. There is another race between Rep. Mary Pruitt and newcomer Steven Turner, but it’s not as fierce and there may be overlap between those districts.
One suspects that the majority of Democrats are crossing over to vote in the GOP Primary for Governor, as Mike McWherter is unopposed in the Democratic Primary.
There are two possible reasons for this, in my opinion. First, it could be that Democrats are crossing over to vote for whomever they believe is the weakest possible opponent for McWherter, which would mean a boost for Zach Wamp or Ron Ramsey.
However, the second option is a scary one: it could be that they have determined that McWherter cannot win in November, and they are crossing over to vote for Bill Haslam, so as to prevent the more rabid aspects of the GOP from taking over the state.
I am hoping that it is the former; only time will tell.