Richard Briggs, as he told one of our reporters in the field and me on the phone, said he feels confident about his odds at unseating TN 7th District Sen. Stacey Campfield.
“Our last polling looked very good,” Briggs said. That poll was on the first day of early voting, he said.
Otherwise, he’s hit as many precincts as possible, and has two campaign workers at each of the 30 in the 7th District, which has stretches includes Farragut, Fountain City and the University of Tennessee.
Briggs said he’s bumped into both opponents – Campfield and Mike Alford – while going around today to polls.
And, win or lose, he and Campfield have discussed decorum once results come.
“You’re not going to have any poor sportsmanship,” Briggs said. “We both talked about how we’d like that to be done.”
Knox County’s Elections Administrator, Cliff Rodgers, said that he’s not heard of problems at polling locations, either.
“Just the usual craziness,” Rodgers said. “You may have an e-slate machine go down, and you’re going to have a few of them go out.”
But a triple-redundant vote counting method keeps the machines from compromising ballots, he said.
As for voting, he said that voting at polling places has been steady – from those places that he’s spoken with, anyway.
Weather has been good to polling places, too. Rain is a sure-fire way to keep people inside and away from polls, he observed.
Looks like there’s little chance for storms to come, though it might be a little soggy this weekend.
“Haven’t had time to look at the weather,” Rodgers said, “Hopefully, the thunder-boomers are holding off. If anything, it’s been a little hot.”