CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Political observers say the lack of state and local television advertising buys show Tennessee isn't a battleground state in the presidential campaigns.
A Mason-Dixon poll taken September eleventh through the 14th shows President Bush with a 16-point lead over John Kerry. The poll had an error margin of +/- 4 percent.

University of Virginia Center for Politics director Larry Sabato says Bush would only lose Tennessee if he were losing nationally by a wide margin.

Sabato says in such a case, Kerry wouldn't need to advertise in Tennessee either, because it would indicate the Bush campaign were collapsing.

The chairman of the Kerry-Edwards campaign in Tennessee said the survey was flawed, failing to poll minorities accurately or give fair weight to certain counties.

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