Today is the last day that Tennesseans may cast their ballot early in advance of our March 6th Presidential Primary. Erik Schelzig of the Associated Press reported that “turnout is down” from 2008. That’s exaggerated, however, because the 2008 numbers included turnout for the Democratic Presidential Primary, and with Barack Hussein Obama the only Democratic candidate this year, Democrats have no good reason from a Statewide perspective to vote. Republican turnout has been high, and with the continuing retirement of yet more Democrats in the Tennessee General Assembly, 2012 looks increasingly as though it will be yet another Republican year for Tennessee irrespective of the rest of the country.
Meanwhile, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich showed up in Nashville yesterday for a series of events near the Capitol. Gingrich is running at just 10 percent in Tennessee, according to a Vanderbilt University poll, while Santorum is running at 33 percent, Mitt Romney at 17 percent, and Ron Paul at 13 percent. Gingrich’s last-ditch strategy will be to try and hold on to his home State of Georgia-the only State where he currently leads in the polls, and pick up Tennessee on March 6th and Alabama and Mississippi March 13th, throwing the nomination to the Republican National Convention August 27th-30th in Tampa.