The Tri-Star State: Why The Republican Race Was So Negative — And Why It Backfired | Nashville Public Radio

The Tri-Star State: Why The Republican Race Was So Negative — And Why It Backfired

Aug 5, 2018

The big story coming out of the primaries was the surprising victory of Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee. The Williamson County businessman seemed to surge late but the seeds of his win may have been sewn in some of the race’s earliest days.

Throughout the campaign, Lee portrayed himself as the upbeat outsider and let his opponents duke it out with attack ads.

Nashville Public Radio's Jason Moon Wilkins and Chas Sisk talk about that strategy — and why it seemed to work.