Slate on the Senate Race


Josh Levin weighs in at Slate on Tennessee's U.S. Senate race. A teaser from the story that illuminates the complexities of this contest:

An unsurprising early voting discovery: If you identify yourself as a close, personal friend of Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., you will most likely vote for Bob Corker. Also: If you claim that the soon-to-retire Sen. Bill Frist, R-Tenn., suffers from "demonic possession," you will most likely vote for Harold Ford Jr. Now, for the possibly instructive anecdotal evidence. Nashville resident Lee Marsden, 56, says that, though he'd call himself a Frist supporter, he's voting for Ford. The infamous Playboy ad "was a low blow," he thinks, and he's "tired of the Republicans." On the other hand, Tim Morgan, a 30-year-old architect, says he wants the Democrats to take over the Senate. Even though "Ford is depending on me to vote for him," Morgan says, he can't pull the trigger—he thinks Ford's family history is shady, and he finds him a little too packaged. He voted for Corker.

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