Marsha Blackburn Up In Latest Tennessee Senate Poll

Scott Morefield | Reporter

The latest political polling in Tennessee shows GOP Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn with a solid 14-point lead over her Democratic challenger, former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen.

The news of Blackburn’s strong lead comes days after singer Taylor Swift’s much publicized endorsement of Bredesen on Sunday, an announcement some felt led to a 65,000 spike in Tennessee voter registrations.

“As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn,” Swift wrote via Instragram. “Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me.” (RELATED: Taylor Swift Gets Political, Endorses Two Tennessee Candidates)

A majority of Tennessee voters, however, seem to see things differently.

HUMBOLDT, TN - MAY 30: Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate and former governor of Tennessee Phil Bredesen greets Tyson Foods employees at a groundbreaking event for a new Tyson Foods chicken processing plant, May 30, 2018 in Humboldt, Tennessee. Recent polling shows a close race between Bredesen and U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN). The new $300 million plant is expected to open in late 2019 and employ upwards of 1,500 people. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

HUMBOLDT, TN – MAY 30: Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate and former governor of Tennessee Phil Bredesen greets Tyson Foods employees at a groundbreaking event for a new Tyson Foods chicken processing plant, May 30, 2018 in Humboldt, Tennessee. Recent polling shows a close race between Bredesen and U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN). The new $300 million plant is expected to open in late 2019 and employ upwards of 1,500 people. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

The poll of 593 likely voters, conducted by the New York Times from October 8 to 11 and released Friday, showed Blackburn with 54 percent of the vote and Bredesen with 40 percent. Another 6 percent were undecided. The margin of error was plus or minus 4.2 percent.

Although anything can happen in politics, it seems like Bredesen is engaging in an uphill battle. While the self-described conservative Democrat was the only Democratic Senate candidate to publicly endorse the confirmation of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, an undercover Project Veritas video released Wednesday night appears to show Bredesen staffers admitting that the endorsement was essentially a ruse to attract moderate Republicans.

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