History at stake in Tennessee clash for US Senate

Leroy Wright
August 6, 2018

Trump's decision not to endorse any candidate during the Tennessee GOP gubernatorial primary, despite having jumped into primary battles in Florida, Georgia, and MI, is another example of the president's innate political instincts and sense of timing.

Tennessee primary elections will be held throughout the day on Thursday for voters to choose nominees for governor, Senate and the House. Phil Bredesen has won the Democratic primary and Marsha Blackburn has won the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate race.

And finally candidate Dean addressed the media, where Julie inquired as to his interest in addressing social issues such as LGBT rights in the run-up to November's election.

Their bids for higher office, as well as the retirement of Knoxville Republican Rep. John Duncan Jr., have cleared the way for competitive, open contests in three of the state's nine U.S. House seats. "He ran a great campaign and now will finish off the job in November". They include U.S. Rep. Diane Black, former state economic development chief Randy Boyd, businessman Bill Lee and state House Speaker Beth Harwell.

Bredesen is running as an independent thinker who says he will work with Trump when his ideas make sense for Tennessee and oppose him when they don't. Lee billed himself as the race's only conservative outsider and emphasized his Christian faith. Trump tweeted in response that Corker "couldn't get elected dog catcher in Tennessee", and Corker endured booing at a Trump-Blackburn rally in Nashville this spring. If elected, Blackburn would be the first woman from Tennessee to serve in the U.S. Senate.

Blackburn has billed herself as a "hardcore, card-carrying Tennessee conservative" from the outset of her campaign. Black, for her part, played a key role in the passage of the president's signature Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in December as the chairman of the House Budget Committee. The last Tennessee Democrat to win a Senate seat was former Vice President Al Gore in 1990.

Blackburn will face former Gov. Phil Bredesen.

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"She's in a big race".

Pence and Trump have already attacked Bredesen, saying he's too liberal for Tennessee and would fall in line with Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

"When I saw all those ads for Diane Black with President Trump, that was one where I was like, 'Well, I am definitely not going to vote for her, '" said Dimel, who added that she now regrets her vote for Trump.

Blackburn and Bredesen have long run their race like their matchup was inevitable.

Dean had a huge advantage in campaign cash, outspending Fitzhugh $4.4 million to $984,800.

- Three House districts have open seats now held by Republicans.

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