Marsha Blackburn defeats Bredesen in Tennessee's senate race

Pauline Gross
November 7, 2018

"We want to congratulate Senator-elect Blackburn on a hard-fought victory and look forward to her working in the U.S. Senate to confirm conservative judges, push pro-growth reforms and advocate for policies that improve the lives of all Tennesseans".

Democrats had hoped to pick up Tennessee as part of a narrow path to retaking the Senate.

A conservative firebrand and a regular on cable TV news, Blackburn had campaigned as a committed Trump ally, even more so than many other Republican candidates this year.

Trump, who carried the state by 26 percentage points in his 2016 election, ventured to Tennessee last month to campaign for Blackburn, telling supporters that "a vote for Marsha is really a vote for me and everything that we stand for".

"Phil Bredesen has said he would have voted against the tax cuts", Blackburn said during one debate. "Now, senator will do", she said in her victory speech. Trump visited the state three times.

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And the former governor also energized Tennessee Democrats who had long struggled to gain traction in the state.

Early polls had Bredesen in the lead. "And you know what?"

Blackburn defeated former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen in a hotly contested race that was viewed by many analysts to be a toss-up heading into election day. Corker briefly heard out pleas from some peers last winter that he reconsider retirement, prompting a Blackburn spokeswoman to say anyone who thinks she can't win the general election is a "plain sexist pig". Bredesen's moderate stances, he predicted, would give these voters an easy excuse not to vote for her. She's a tremendous woman'.

"Marsha Blackburn ran an outstanding campaign from start to finish. Having served at the state level as well as the federal level, Marsha will help bring power back to the states and truly make America great again".

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