Gubernatorial candidate Diane Black addresses the Williamson County Republican Party’s annual Reagan Day Dinner on Feb. 23, 2018.
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U.S. Rep. Diane Black has a narrow edge over Knoxville entrepreneur Randy Boyd among Republicans running governor, according to a new poll from an education-aligned organization.
The poll, paid for by Washington, D.C.-based Save the Children Action Network, found Black had support of 25 percent of respondents who identified as registered likely Republican primary voters.
Boyd has support from 20 percent of such respondents, followed by Williamson County businessman Bill Lee and House Speaker Beth Harwell, who received 7 percent and 6 percent, respectively.
Just 2 percent of respondents said they supported East Tennessee realtor Kay White.
As has been the case in several other early polls, 37 percent of respondents said they did not know who they were supporting.
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The results of the poll came from 390 Republican primary voters and had a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percentage points.
Among respondents who identified as Democrats, 41 percent said they favored former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean. House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh, D-Ripley, had 11 percent support from respondents with 44 percent saying they did not know who they supported.
The results of the Democratic primary poll came from 288 respondents and had a margin of error of plus or minus 5.8 percentage points.
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The poll, conducted on landlines and mobile phones, also asked respondents to weigh in on a host of other issues — including approval of President Donald Trump and Gov. Bill Haslam.
Ninety percent of GOP primary voters said they approved of Trump while 91 percent of Democrats said they disapproved of the president.
Haslam netted support from 70 percent of GOP voters and 50 percent of Democrats.
Beyond Trump and Haslam, the poll also asked respondents to answer several questions, including whether they would support candidates who came out in favor of investing in high quality childhood education programs.
Among 300 respondents, more than 70 percent said they would be more likely to support a candidate who favored such investments.
More than 50 percent of respondents said public education should start with preschool and offered to all 4-year-old children.
The overall poll, conducted March 7 to 14, was performed by TargetPoint Consulting and Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research. The poll of 600 registered voters, which made up the main components of the survey, had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
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