By Ian Berry
Bob Corker’s U.S. Senate campaign released poll numbers today his representatives say shows he has jumped out to a sizable lead over his two Republican opponents.
The poll of 600 likely Republican voters, conducted by Glen Bolger of Public Opinion Strategies, showed Mr. Corker leading with 43 percent, compared to 23 percent for Van Hilleary and 17 percent for Ed Bryant.
“The results show huge growth from the campaign’s last survey,” Corker campaign manager Ben Mitchell said.
Within minutes of the poll’s release, Mr. Bryant’s campaign called on Mr. Hilleary to drop out of the race.
“If their numbers are to be believed, Hilleary’s name ID-drive lead has been cut by over a third,” the campaign said in a statement.
Nashville radio host Steve Gill, who plans to conduct a forum with all three candidates later this month, said he expected Mr. Corker’s campaign would get a big surge because of his advertising campaign. But he said the drop in Mr. Hilleary’s numbers called the poll numbers into question.
“I suspect there was some pushing going on in that one,” Mr. Gill said.
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