Republican Marsha Blackburn Wins Tennessee Senate Seat

Aaron Brown
November 7, 2018

Blackburn, who will become the first female USA senator in Tennessee history after projections showed she will defeat Democratic former Gov. Phil Bredesen, was scorned by Swift last month when the pop star announced she would be supporting Bredesen.

"Unfortunately for Phil Bredesen, he's not going to be able to just shake it off. Congratulations, Senator-elect Blackburn!"

"Marsha Blackburn demonstrated the type of conservative leadership Tennessee voters want in Washington", National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Cory Gardner said in a statement Tuesday evening. "Tonight, what you saw was one who's going to be a fighter for those things and individual freedoms, and one that is going to support bigger government and big-government solutions".

Blackburn focused her campaign message on supporting President Donald Trump's agenda in an effort to appeal to the state's dominant Republican constituency.

Her win represents a rightward shift from the GOP senator she will replace, Bob Corker, who fell in line with Tennessee's historical preference for more-centrist senators and at times was a vocal critic of Trump.

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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. Trump visited the state three times.

Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), one of Congress's most outspoken opponents of strict net neutrality rules, has won a US Senate seat.

Blackburn, however, looked to highlight Bredesen's party affiliation at every turn, regularly tying him to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and some of the more high-profile liberal members of the legislative body.

"I think any other Democrat would be behind by 15 to 20 points", said Anthony Nownes, a professor at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

'She voted against equal pay for women.

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