BLACKBURN TAKES TENNESSEE: GOP Candidate Defeats Democrat Phil Bredesen

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Gov. Phil Bredesen (D-TN) had narrowed in on Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) in the Tennessee race for the U.S. Senate, but it was the Republican that prevailed Tuesday.

Republican Marsha Blackburn is victor of the U.S. Senate race in Tennessee.

Blackburn - who received the endorsement of President Donald Trump - defeated Bredesen for Bob Corker's former U.S. Senate seat. "Marsha Blackburn wants it to be a national referendum on Trump and Bredesen wants to deal with local Tennessee issues and solving problems".

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.

Swift, who got her career start in Nashville, broke her political silence by urging her more than 112 million Instagram followers to endorse Bredesen and encourage people to vote.

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'I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country. "I will stand with President Trump". Marco Rubio of Florida, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Joni Ernst of Iowa, Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Thom Tillis of North Carolina also came along for separate campaign events.

"Unfortunately for Phil Bredesen, he's not going to be able to just shake it off. Congratulations, Senator-elect Blackburn!" 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".

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

"Marsha Blackburn ran an outstanding campaign from start to finish". She will now continue the fight as Senator.

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