Marsha Blackburn Wins Tennessee Senate Race

Lester Mason
November 7, 2018

Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn and Democratic former Gov. Phil Bredesen fought hard for the right to replace retiring Republican Sen.

FiveThirtyEight had given the former governor a 1 in 5 chance of winning, despite overwhelming turnout at the polls.

Blackburn, on the other hand, was boosted by President Donald Trump, who visited the state twice to support her campaign.

Blackburn was elected to Tennessee's 7th Congressional District in 2002.


"President Trump has made three trips to Tennessee to back the Republican Marsha Blackburn running against a different kind of Democrat here".

Blackburn will fill the seat vacated by Republican Bob Corker, who said earlier this year he would retire after two terms.

The reasons the contest was so close was due to Bredesen's popularity in the state. Marsha Blackburn calls herself a hardcore conservative proud to be politically incorrect and both candidates are trying to shape the race according to their own issues. Bredesen was the last Democrat to win a statewide election in Tennessee, and would have been the first Democrat elected to the Senate since Al Gore in 1990. $50 million in outside money. Bredesen said he would be an independent voice in Washington, and Blackburn countered by tying him to national Democrats. Several networks called that race nearly immediately after polls closed in Tennessee.

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