BLACKBURN TAKES TENNESSEE: GOP Candidate Defeats Democrat Phil Bredesen

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According to Fox News, GOP candidate Marsha Blackburn successfully defeated her Democratic opponent Phil Bredesen in Tennessee Tuesday night.

FiveThirtyEight had given the former governor a 1 in 5 chance of winning, despite overwhelming turnout at the polls.

Republican Marsha Blackburn, a member of Congress since 2003, was declared the victor shortly after 9:00 on Tuesday night. She will become Tennessee's first female US senator, replacing the retiring Bob Corker.

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President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have made a strong push for Blackburn in the midterm elections. Bredesen, who was Tennessee's governor from 2003 to 2011 and Nashville's mayor before that, vowed to work with Trump when his ideas make sense for Tennessee and oppose the president when they did not. Channel 3 will have a crew there as results come in from across the state.

Phil Bredesen is an old school, low key dealmaker type. 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. Groups from around the country trying to shape this race to determine who controls the Senate. "Marsha Blackburn wants it to be a national referendum on Trump and Bredesen wants to deal with local Tennessee issues and solving problems". Several networks called that race nearly immediately after polls closed in Tennessee. Eastern, 7 p.m. Central.

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