BLACKBURN TAKES TENNESSEE: GOP Candidate Defeats Democrat Phil Bredesen

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Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn was called as the victor just a few minutes after polls closed, easily defeating Democratic opponent, former Gov. Phil Bredesen.

Blackburn won a grueling, expensive contest Tuesday to become the first female US senator from Tennessee, keeping a key midterm seat under GOP control. Blackburn, meanwhile, hitched her horse to President Donald Trump, who won the Volunteer State by 26 points in 2016. The race has been declared in favor of Blackburn.

Blackburn will fill the seat vacated by Republican Bob Corker, who said earlier this year he would retire after two terms. She rarely diverged from Trump, and touted his proposed U.S. -Mexico border wall and tax cuts while blasting Bredesen's opposition to both. He provoked ire from the party after announcing his support for Trump Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh, saying allegations of sexual misconduct "didn't rise to the level" that would exclude him from the bench.

Blackburn, an eight-term congresswoman, had allied herself closely with President Trump.

"These are not MY Tennessee values", Swift wrote.

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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.

The race made headlines in the entertainment world last month, when pop singer Taylor Swift endorsed Bredesen, but speculation of a "Taylor Swift" effect that would motivate young voters to tip the race to the Democrat appeared unfounded. I am going to work as hard for you as you have worked for me.

Blackburn took aim at Bredesen for donating to Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and receiving campaign checks from high-profile Democrats.

She welcomed in Pence three times. "With Marsha, you knew what you were going to get".

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. She will be the first woman in U.S.to represent her state in the Senate. I am grateful she will join a Senate majority in Washington committed to putting America First.

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