Bredesen fizzles in Tennessee

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Republican Marsha Blackburn Wins Tennessee Senate Seat

Laura shaded Taylor on Twitter, telling her to #shakeitoff after Rep. Marsha Blackburn beat out former Gov. Phil Bredesen to win an important Senate seat for the GOP.

Blackburn focused her campaign message on supporting President Donald Trump's agenda in an effort to appeal to the state's dominant Republican constituency.

In her victory speech Tuesday night, Blackburn thanked her supporters, saying a lesson from this campaign was that Tennesseans didn't want leaders "who are not going to kick a can down the road on the issues that affect our nation".

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Democrats had hoped Bredesen would help the party regain control of the Senate in one of the few GOP-held seats considered competitive enough to flip. 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 gained national attention after Bredesen, the state's former governor, received an endorsement from Swift, who was credited by CNN for "turning her Instagram into a get-out-the-vote fan page".

'In the past I've been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now, ' she wrote. The president's son Eric Trump, and U.S. Sens.

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Voters like Cody Wheeler in the Nashville suburbs were skeptical about Bredesen's promise to independents and Republicans that he wouldn't toe the party line in Washington. "And you know what?"

Corker, the outgoing senator, had backed Blackburn but refused to campaign against Bredesen, whom he considers a friend. She will become Tennessee's first female USA senator, replacing the retiring Bob Corker. These are not MY Tennessee values'.

Describing herself as "hard core" and "politically incorrect and proud of it", Blackburn embraced her reputation as a conservative firebrand. She's a tremendous woman'.

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