Republican Marsha Blackburn Wins Tennessee Senate Seat

Republican Marsha Blackburn Wins Tennessee Senate Seat

Republican Marsha Blackburn Wins Tennessee Senate Seat

The Tennessee Senate race has just been called for Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn.

The television networks declared Blackburn the victor at 9:15 p.m. Republicans don't care if it's close, however, if they simply keep the Senate seat vacated by Republican Trump critic, Bob Corker, who is stepping down.

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.

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. Chuck Schumer for majority leader if his party took back the Senate.

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President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have made a strong push for Blackburn in the midterm elections. 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. The vote tally was about 1.23 million to 983,000. Bredesen's moderate stances, he predicted, would give these voters an easy excuse not to vote for her.

In a lengthy post on Instagram about a month before the election, Swift said she could not support Blackburn because of her record of voting against women and the LGBT community. She backed Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court the same day Trump nominated him, and criticized Bredesen for taking so long to say he would have supported Kavanaugh's confirmation as well.

Bredesen succumbed to Marsha Blackburn, who took home 54.7 percent of the vote. Polls in Tennessee closed at 8 p.m.; within 90 minutes, the race had been projected.

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