Political strategy as Nashville heads to a mayoral runoff

Posted at 10:13 PM, Aug 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-02 23:18:15-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Nashville Mayor David Briley has been critical of how John Cooper has largely self-funded his own campaign so far -- to the tune of nearly $1.5 million.

But it falls to Briley to attract votes from people who voted last night for the more conservative Carol Swain, who had the 3rd highest vote total.

But Briley will not the only one who will be courting her voters.

John Cooper is Democratic Congressman Jim Cooper's brother. NewsChannel 5 political analyst Pat Nolan says that connection may turn away some voters.

"Cooper does have to get some Swain vote too, and his relationship with his brother could become an issue with some people," Nolan said. "There are some Republicans and conservatives who like what John Cooper says about fiscal issues, they're not as crazy about his brother who they see as being very liberal in congress."

The runoff is scheduled for September 12.