Marsha Blackburn Wins Tennessee Senate Race

Leroy Wright
November 7, 2018

CBS News is reporting that Republican Marsha Blackburn will win the Tennessee Senate race over Democrat Phil Bredesen.

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

The $85 million-plus race set a state record in spending by candidates and outside groups, gaining national interest because of its potential implications for the GOP's slim majority in the Senate. Bob Corker, a moderate Republican who opted to retire past year after repeated clashes with President Trump. Nonpartisan political analysis site Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball had labeled the state as lean Republican and a recent NBC News/Marist poll showed Blackburn with a 4 point lead.

She welcomed in Pence three times.

The race between Blackburn and Bredesen was neck and neck, with Bredesen even leading in multiple polls, up until the battle over the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh took center stage. "People want to have a U.S. Senate that's going to support the president", Blackburn told voters.

Republicans fight to keep control of the Senate in 2018 midterms
Democratic former Vice President Joe Biden called on Americans to use their votes to reject Trump. He and the first lady were to host an evening watch party for family and friends.

Although Bredesen ran as a Democrat, he largely ran away from the national party and regularly touted his ties to the state and independence from Washington, D.C. The strategy was clear: He hoped to bank on the fact he won every county in the state in 2006 during his second run for governor and looked to tag Blackburn as a traditional Washington ideologue. Bredesen broke with many in his party to say he would have voted to confirm Kavanaugh, but he waited until the day of the Senate vote to say so. "And you know what?"

Afterward though, she managed to consolidate support across the GOP's various political circles, including from former U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher, who briefly opposed her in the primary and called for Corker to run again upon dropping out of the race.

Blackburn will be holding her election night event in Franklin. Bredesen's moderate stances, he predicted, would give these voters an easy excuse not to vote for her.

"And just imagine this: It is a conservative woman to boot", she said to loud applause. I am grateful she will join a Senate majority in Washington committed to putting America First.

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