BLACKBURN TAKES TENNESSEE: GOP Candidate Defeats Democrat Phil Bredesen

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Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., speaks to supporters after she was declared the victor over former Gov. Phil Bredesen in their race for the U.S. Senate Nov. 6, 2018, in Franklin, Tenn.

Republican Marsha Blackburn, a member of Congress since 2003, was declared the victor shortly after 9:00 on Tuesday night.

"The Fox News Decision Desk can now project that Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn will defeat former Democratic Governor Phil Bredesen to replace retiring GOP Senator Bob Corker". Bob Corker, a moderate Republican who opted to retire past year after repeated clashes with President Trump.

One of the most popular public figures in state history and the last Democrat to be elected statewide, Bredesen led much of the early polling and kept the race deadlocked nearly until the very end, thanks to support from GOP moderates and independents.

'As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I can not support Marsha Blackburn.

But Blackburn made her closing argument to voters about Hillary Clinton. Blackburn calls herself congressman, not congresswoman.

But those advantages didn't extend to Blackburn, who had a 48 percent approval rating, according to that poll - 5 points lower than Bredesen. Although Bredesen largely kept his distance from other well-known Democrats, Blackburn had no qualms bringing Trump and fellow national Republicans to Tennessee.

"He's been a moderate conservative Democrat his single life", said Geer of Bredesen.

Bredesen had seized on his opponent's weaknesses with his party by running a politically savvy race, ensuring that he distanced himself from the more polarizing figures and stances of his party. He also said he would not support Sen. 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.

Polls close in Tennessee at 8 p.m. She's leading now substantially, which is good. "If you're ready to try and move some things, to solve some problems, then I would be very pleased to represent the people of Tennessee one more time".

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