Haslam Appears Poised for Re-election

Gov. Bill Haslam appears to be coasting easily to a second term. Less than a year before Tennesseans take to the polls next November, Haslam does not face a serious challenge from the left or the right, the Tennessean reports. A poll released last week by Vanderbilt University shows Haslam has a 61 percent approval rating, and campaign finances show he has at least $2 million in the bank. But the Republican governor appears to be taking little for granted, the newspaper notes. The Haslam campaign is preparing a major fundraiser in Nashville early next year with a top donor’s circle of $100,000, an escalation in the money battle even as Democrats struggle to find a credible challenger.