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Lamar Alexander poll shows incumbent doing well against prospective rivals

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U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-TN. Photo by Tim Barber/Times Free Press U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-TN. Photo by Tim Barber/Times Free Press
NASHVILLE (News Sentinel) -

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander enjoys almost a 3-to-1 lead over prospective rivals in next year's Republican primary, according to a poll commissioned by the incumbent's campaign.

A memo distributed to media by the campaign shows Alexander leading Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, who says he's considering the race, by 62 percent to 23 percent. State Rep. Joe Carr of Lascassas, who recently announced as a candidate, trailed Alexander a bit more, 64 percent to 22 percent.

Two others mentioned as potential candidates did even less well, according to Whit Ayers, president of North Star Opinion Research, who has been polling for Alexander since his 1996 presidential campaign. The poll had Alexander leading Brian Kookegey, former Williamson County Republican chairman, 69 percent to 15 percent, while leading Brenda Lenard, who ran unsuccessfully against U.S. Sen. Bob Corker in the 2012 primary, 69 percent to 16 percent.

The Alexander poll could be seen as contrasting with a Triton polling survey of Tennessee Republican voters earlier this month that — as reported by Breitbart News — found Alexander trailing a nameless "credible conservative candidate" by nearly 5 points, 49.5 percent to 44.9 percent. Breitbart, without identifying who paid for the survey, said that poll "shows how vulnerable he is," though it also found that 64 percent of GOP voters approve, at least somewhat, of Alexander's performance in office.

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