TENNESSEE: GOP Marsha Blackburn Wins Senate Seat

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Blackburn, who will become the first female US senator in Tennessee history after projections showed she will defeat Democratic former Gov. Phil Bredesen, was scorned by Swift last month when the pop star announced she would be supporting Bredesen.

The heated race, which some voters described as "vicious", pitted two household names in the state against each other after Republican Sen.

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.

What pundits are saying: Blackburn was among the earliest midterm candidates who went all in on President Trump's agenda, who returned the favor by visiting Tennessee to campaign on her behalf.

'As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I can not support Marsha Blackburn. Bredesen angered Democrats and rabid liberals by announcing that he would have supported Brett Kavanaugh's nomination for the Supreme Court, declaring that there was no evidence to support last-minute sexual assault allegations against him. I am going to work as hard for you as you have worked for me. This has been the most expensive Senate race in Tennessee history.

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She welcomed in Pence three times. Tennessee is a deep red state, and while Blackburn seems likely to enjoy a victory that will have her move from the House to the Senate, the fact that it's even so close may give some solace for Democratic political operatives.

But those advantages didn't extend to Blackburn, who had a 48 percent approval rating, according to that poll - 5 points lower than Bredesen. "And you know what?"

'She voted against equal pay for women.

"And just imagine this: It is a conservative woman to boot", she said to loud applause. I am grateful she will join a Senate majority in Washington committed to putting America First.