Republican Marsha Blackburn Wins Tennessee Senate Seat

Republican Marsha Blackburn Wins Tennessee Senate Seat

Republican Marsha Blackburn Wins Tennessee Senate Seat

Bredesen, a Democrat who served as the governor of Tennessee from 2003 through 2011, was pilloried by ads tying him to unpopular Democrats like Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, the House and Senate Democratic leaders, respectively. Channel 3 will have a crew there as results come in from across the state. Bredesen's moderate stances, he predicted, would give these voters an easy excuse not to vote for her.

Democrats had hoped to pick up Tennessee as part of a narrow path to retaking the Senate. Blackburn defeated former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen in a hotly contested race that was viewed by many analysts to be a toss-up heading into election day.

But those advantages didn't extend to Blackburn, who had a 48 percent approval rating, according to that poll - 5 points lower than Bredesen.

Pop superstar Taylor Swift even broke her political silence for the Tennessee contest when she went on Instagram to endorse Bredesen and encourage people to vote. Thank you for believing in me and giving me this opportunity.

Republican Marsha Blackburn is victor of the U.S. Senate race in Tennessee. "This is very humbling, and I will not let you down".

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. "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. She will be the first woman in U.S.to represent her state in the Senate.

'She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. "I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent", she wrote. She's a tremendous woman'.

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