Firebrand Marsha Blackburn retains Tennessee Senate seat for GOP

Saul Bowman
November 8, 2018

Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn defeated her Democratic opponent Phil Bredesen Tuesday evening in Tennessee's Senate race, virtually ensuring her party will retain their majority in the upper chamber.

The heated race, which some voters described as "vicious", pitted two household names in the state against each other after Republican Sen. Bob Corker, were always uneasy with Blackburn's conservative firebrand of politics. Blackburn, meanwhile, hitched her horse to President Donald Trump, who won the Volunteer State by 26 points in 2016.

In her victory speech last night, Blackburn said the campaign shows that Tennesseans "want leaders who are going to be there to work with the president and keep this nation on the path to prosperity that we are on today".

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


Blackburn worked to undermine Bredesen's popularity and reputation as an independent thinker by tying him to national Democrats at every turn.

Earlier in the day, the singer posted a video reminding her fans to head out to the polls to cast their vote in the midterm elections.

She welcomed in Pence three times. 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. She will be the first woman in U.S.to represent her state in the Senate.

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. "As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I can not support Marsha Blackburn", Swift wrote in a lengthy Instagram post that delighted many and predictably turned off Fox News personalities, who regularly rail on celebrities for voicing political opinions.

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