Black hopes ‘retail politics,’ congressional experience lead to win in GOP primary for gov.

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Along with what she calls, “retail politics,” Diane Black thinks her time in Congress sets her apart from other Republican candidates for governor. 

“We have been knocking [on] doors. We have been making phone calls. Doing all the things you do,” the four-term congressional member told News2 this week as she knocked on doors in Nashville’s Bellevue area. 

Along with more than two decades of door knocking in often tight races at both the state and congressional level, it’s no secret that Diane Black hopes she can also get an endorsement from President Donald Trump in the tight four-way race for the GOP nomination. 

“We like having endorsements from people who are certainly well thought of in the state of Tennessee,” added Black. “We would like to have the president’s endorsement, but we did get the vice-president’s endorsement this past week, which I am really proud of.” 

Rep. Black said she worked with Vice President Mike Pence on tax reform and pro-life bills, but part of her closing message is that she knows how both state and federal government work having been elected of offices at both levels. 

Then there is this about the lawmaker’s last-minute calls to voters. 

“I am just calling them to see if they have any questions since we are only days out,” she said. “So, I give them my cell phone number.” 

Tennessee will find out Thursday if “retail politics” as practiced by Rep. Black will win the Republican nomination for the governor. 

And Black is quick to say that she has been in tight races several times. 

For example, in 2010, as a state senator, Black won her initial primary race for Congress by just under 300 votes. 

She expects another tight race Thursday. 

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