U.S. Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn won big on election night and easily defeated Democrat Governor Phil Bredesen to become the next Tennessee Senator.
The election was an interesting one to those in and out of the political realm. The Senate seat in Tennessee was a pivotal one for Republicans and President Trump and political commentators debated how the seat would be decided; whether it would go to extend a Republican-majority over Democrats in the chamber, or whether it would be instrumental in Democrats re-taking the chamber.
Several others had a close eye on the race because Blackburn’s opponent received a rarely given political endorsement from celebrity and music icon Taylor Swift.
Dubbed the “Taylor Swift effect,” some people were undoubtedly motivated to vote for the Democrat because of the endorsement, but how well would the Congresswoman do against her opponent who was backed by one of the world’s most prestigious recording artists? She would shake off the hate and decisively win.
From Fox News:
With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Blackburn had garnered 55 percent of the vote to 43 percent for Bredesen. Blackburn had trailed Bredesen in the polls throughout the summer, but gradually closed the gap, and took the lead with approximately one month to go.
Blackburn, an eight-term congresswoman, had allied herself closely with President Trump. She will become Tennessee’s first female U.S. senator, replacing the retiring Bob Corker.
The race attracted heavy outside spending as Democrats saw a path to retaking the Senate majority in the popular two-term former governor. 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.
Here’s more, via Vox:
Rep. Marsha Blackburn has been elected as Tennessee’s first woman senator, beating out former Gov. Phil Bredesen for Sen. Bob Corker’s hotly contested open seat. While polls had the two running a close race going into the election, Blackburn ultimately won and made history in the solidly Republican state.
Blackburn is an eight-term member of Congress representing Tennessee’s Seventh Congressional District. She and Bredesen were locked in one of the most closely watched elections this year as Democrats sought to win Corker’s Tennessee Senate seat and boost their numbers in the upper chamber. The seat is just one of three open races for the Senate this year.
Blackburn is solidly conservative on issues including abortion, gun control, and immigration. “I’m a hardcore, card-carrying conservative. I’m politically incorrect and proud of it,” she said in her campaign announcement.