Randy Boyd says, “you ain’t seen nothing yet” in his bid to win the keenly contested Republican Party nomination to become Tennessee’s next governor.
As he begins his customary campaign day “at 4:30 a.m. Eastern time,” the Knoxville businessman and former state economic development commissioner says he thinks of the same thing each morning.
“I tell myself I am down by 100 votes and go out and try to win a 100 new votes,” said Boyd Wednesday while waving at cars outside a polling place in the Bellevue area of Nashville.
Like the other three other Republican contenders vying for the nomination, Boyd looks for any way to attract voters driving by his waving spot.
“It’s fun when they recognize that guy on TV,” added Boyd, while thinking what the drivers might be saying. “He’s standing on the corner. He is everywhere.”
To be seemingly everywhere, Boyd is the top spender in the race, but he offers a candid view of how his campaign money that’s approaching $20 million is well worth it.
“It’s incredibly rewarding to have people that you have been trying to communicate to at a distance that are there up close and personal give you a thumbs up,” Boyd said during one mid-wave. “It’s like, ‘We got ya’. It’s incredibly humbling and honoring as well.”
Eighteen months on the campaign trail almost daily trying to inform people of a conservative agenda brings a recognition from the candidate.
“When they point at you, it means you are the man,” smiled Boyd. “Thumbs up means you got my vote.”
Boyd finds out if there’s enough of them August 2 when the votes are counted election day.
Like most of the four major campaigns, they are all talking about one final blitz across the state next week in the race for governor.