Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn and former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen won their parties’ nominations for the Senate in the Tennessee primary elections Thursday evening.
Bredesen and Blackburn both had clear leads in their parties’ nominations, with Bredesen garnering 95.1 percent of the Democratic vote and Blackburn scoring 84.5 percent of the Republican vote. The National Republican Senate Committee (NRSC) lauded Blackburn’s nomination, saying it looks forward to her victory over Bredesen. (RELATED: Trump Endorses Marsha Blackburn For US Senate)
“Marsha Blackburn has always been a strong conservative voice in Congress putting Tennessee values first,” said NRSC Executive Director Chris Hansen in a statement provided to The Daily Caller News Foundation. “Working alongside President Trump, Marsha has delivered on the issues most important to Tennessee voters, and we look forward to her defeating Phil Bredesen and serving in the U.S. Senate.”
Blackburn, who represents the 7th Congressional district, also garnered the White House’s endorsement. A general election win for her would be historic, as she would be the first woman senator to be elected in Tennessee. Bredesen faces a tough race in November, with Tennessee traditionally leaning more conservative. His race could be integral to Democratic designs for retaking the Senate.
As for nominations for each party’s gubernatorial candidate, Republican candidate Bill Lee won his party’s nomination with 44.7 percent of the Republican vote, and Democratic candidate Karl Dean won the Democratic nomination with 71.43 percent of his party’s vote.
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