Alexander Poll Shows Him With Big Lead

A poll done by an adviser to U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander shows the senator holding a 29-point lead in the Republican primary, the Tennessean reports. Alexander stands at 53 percent in a ballot test conducted July 27-29 by North Star Opinion Research. State Rep. Joe Carr, who received support from radio talk-show host Laura Ingraham, stands at 24 percent and Memphis physician George Flinn stands at 5 percent. Carr says the race is much closer, however. He cites a poll taken earlier this month on behalf of Tea Party Nation that showed him seven percentage points behind Alexander.