Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Decision 2018: Bredesen vs. Blackburn for U.S. Senate

Decision 2018: Bredesen vs. Blackburn for U.S. Senate

Rep. Marsha Blackburn will win the race to represent Tennessee in the US Senate, CNN can project, outlasting a challenge from former Gov. Phil Bredesen, a Democrat who looked to run against his party to win in a state President Donald Trump won by 26 percentage points in 2016.

That's why President Trump, while campaigning for her in the state recently told the crowd that "a vote for Marsha is really a vote for me and everything that we stand for".

"President Trump has made three trips to Tennessee to back the Republican Marsha Blackburn running against a different kind of Democrat here. Marsha Blackburn wants it to be a national referendum on Trump and Bredesen wants to deal with local Tennessee issues and solving problems".

Bredesen had been viewed as one of the Democrats' best hopes in the party's quest to regain majority control of the Senate.

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While his ability to legislate across - not only with Republicans in the Senate, but with President Trump, who remains popular in the state - was the crux of his pitch to voters, it wasn't enough. Marco Rubio of Florida, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Joni Ernst of Iowa, Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Thom Tillis of North Carolina also came along for separate campaign events.

Corker, the outgoing senator, had backed Blackburn but refused to campaign against Bredesen, whom he considers a friend. Bob Corker announced his retirement. 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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