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Tave made a round of appearances -- along with Fantroy and Crenshaw -- before several real-estate groups and the exclusive Breakfast Group, he says. But he emerged with no contributions to aid his campaign. At least two people familiar with those meetings say none of the candidates seemed impressive enough to warrant support.
Tave says he thinks he can do enough mailings and hammer up enough signs to have a chance at making a run-off. But he thinks the district's politics are vicious. "People tell me if I want to win, I have to get out in the nursing homes with the early voting and help 80-year-olds and 90-year-olds fill out their ballots," he says. "I won't do that. But you'll see it being done."
Steward, who has campaigned least of all and spent only $116 on her campaign, says she might not have what it takes to win either.
How did Lipscomb beat her last spring?
"Barbecue," she says. "He fed a lot of people on election day. I'm not throwing any barbecue parties."