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Randy Boyd: 'We’re going to leave it all on the field'

Hank Hayes • Aug 2, 2018 at 8:37 AM

KINGSPORT — In the next-to-last stop of his Tennessee GOP gubernatorial campaign, Knoxville businessman Randy Boyd expected to be at Hunter Wright Stadium, but ended up at Stir Fry on Broad Street because of the rain.

Boyd is going up against U.S. Rep. Diane Black, Williamson County businessman and farmer Bill Lee and state House Speaker Beth Harwell in today’s GOP primary.

Boyd addressed these questions:

What are your impressions of this campaign journey you’ve been on?

“We’re certainly hoping we win and this is the beginning of a journey to serve the people of the state of Tennessee. But the journey itself has been one of the most rewarding experiences of our life. We’ve met so many people and made so many new friends. (Boyd’s wife) Jenney and I think we’ve made more new friends in the last 18 months than we’ve had in the rest of our lives combined. If you measure your wealth by the relationships you have, we’ve never been richer.”

Is there anything you would have done differently in the campaign?

“Yes, maybe a thousand things you could do differently, but it doesn’t serve any point. We still reflect back on all the things that we enjoyed and can hopefully build on what we’ve learned to be more successful in the November election.”

Are you in any way remorseful about the millions and millions of dollars spent in this race?

(According to the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance, Boyd contributed an aggregate amount of $19.6 million to his campaign. Black made $5.2 million in self-endorsed loans, as did Lee. Harwell made $3.1 million in self-endorsed loans.)

Said Boyd: “I would only have remorse if I didn’t give it my all, both financially and in my time and effort. We’ve given everything we could to this campaign. We’re going to leave it all on the field. I would hate to lose knowing I had something left to give, so we wanted to give it all.”

What do you expect the voter turnout will be on Thursday?

“There are so many factors, like the rain. I just don’t know.”

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