Firebrand Marsha Blackburn retains Tennessee Senate seat for GOP

Firebrand Marsha Blackburn retains Tennessee Senate seat for GOP

She opened her campaign by dubbing herself a "hardcore, card-carrying Tennessee conservative". 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 race between Blackburn, a longtime conservative firebrand, and Bredesen, the well-liked former governor who had been out of office almost a decade, became one of the most high profile, contentious and expensive races in the country.

Blackburn focused her campaign message on supporting President Donald Trump's agenda in an effort to appeal to the state's dominant Republican constituency. She rarely diverged from Trump, and touted his proposed U.S. -Mexico border wall and tax cuts while blasting Bredesen's opposition to both. Blackburn will be the first female senator to represent her state. Trump visited the state three times. Tennessee is a deep red state, and while Blackburn seems likely to enjoy a victory that will have her move from the House to the Senate, the fact that it's even so close may give some solace for Democratic political operatives. But those advantages didn't extend to Blackburn, who had a 48 percent approval rating, according to that poll - 5 points lower than Bredesen. "People want to have a U.S. Senate that's going to support the president", Blackburn told voters. "And you know what?"

Blackburn, a conservative lawmaker closely tied to the President, looked to nationalize the Senate race as much as possible, hoping to tap into the same conservatism that elected Trump in order to blunt some goodwill Bredesen had built up during his two terms as governor. 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".

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Before the election, the 28-year-old singer - who had not previously weighed in on politics - said Blackburn had a voting record that "appalls and terrifies" her.

On Tuesday night, she was happy to claim a piece of Tennessee history for women in the Senate.

"Marsha Blackburn ran an outstanding campaign from start to finish". She fought for Tennessee values in the legislature and in Congress.

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