By Betsy Thorpe
At the Tennessee State Fair, a gubernatorial Straw Poll conducted by the Davidson County Young Republicans and the Davidson County Republican Party asked voters who they would choose as the Republican nominee for governor among the currently announced candidates of :Bill Gibbons, Bill Haslam, Joe Kirkpatrick , Ron Ramsey and Zach Wamp. Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey won the poll with 42 percent of the vote ,while Bill Haslam and Zach Wamp were tied at 25 percent. Bill Gibbons had five percent of the vote and Joe Kirkpatrick three percent. In a previous Straw Poll conducted July 11 by the Davidson County Republican Party . Lieutenant Governor Ramsey and Congressman Wamp were tied for the GOP gubernatorial nomination.
Tim Lee, Vice Chair of the Davidson County Young Republicans, said many voters admitted a “lack of knowledge” about the candidates and the upcoming election and that numerous voters asked to receive more information about the Republican Party .
Steve Abernathy, one of the five Davidson County Election Commissioners and one of the three Republicans in that group will address issues surrounding the upcoming major election cycle at the Bellevue Republican Breakfast Club meeting on Saturday, October 3rd. The meeting starts at 8:00 am and is open to the public.
The Bellevue Republican Breakfast Club meets at Shoney’s located on Highway 70S.