Marsha Blackburn, Phil Bredesen take U.S. Senate primary nominations


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    Marsha Blackburn and Phil Bredesen have secured the primary nominations for U.S. Senate for the state of Tennessee soon after polls closed Thursday evening.

    U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn has won the Republican nomination in Tennessee's open U.S. Senate race. Former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen has won the Democratic nomination for an open U.S. Senate that Democrats see as critical to their hopes of taking control of the Senate.

    Blackburn easily advanced past minimal opposition in Thursday's primary. She and Democratic former Gov. Phil Bredesen have long looked past the primary to an expected general election matchup.

    “Chuck and I are so grateful for the support shown to our campaign by so many volunteers from across the state. Today is a milestone and the beginning of the general election, and I am so grateful you are entrusting me with the Republican nomination for United States Senate. We ask for your continued support as we work to earn every single vote and win in November,” Blackburn tells FOX 17 News.

    The race holds major implications for Democrats' chances for overturning the 51-49 Republican Senate majority. Polls have shown a close contest for the seat currently held by retiring Republican Sen. Bob Corker.

    Blackburn could become the first female U.S. senator elected by Tennessee voters. She calls herself a "hardcore, card-carrying Tennessee conservative" who would fight for President Donald Trump's agenda.

    Former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen has won the Democratic nomination for an open U.S. Senate that Democrats see as critical to their hopes of taking control of the Senate.

    Bredesen blew past nominal opposition in Thursday's primary, as expected. He and Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn have been eying a November head-to-head matchup for months.

    “This is not someplace I ever thought I’d be again when I left the Governor’s office here on election night being on the ballot and actually it’s a very good feeling. Back last October when this possibility first came up, and Andrea and I started talking about it, it was a little bit of a tough decision, and I’m at that point in life where if I’m successful at this I’ll spend a lot of the rest of my life getting on a plane and going to Washington and working on these things, so it’s gotta be for something important," Bredesen tells FOX 17 News.

    The race holds major implications for Democrats' chances for overturning the 51-49 Republican Senate majority. Polls have shown a close contest for the seat currently held by retiring Republican Sen. Bob Corker.

    Bredesen is running as an independent thinker who says he will work with President Donald Trump when his ideas make sense for Tennessee and oppose the president when they don't.

    Blackburn has billed herself as a "hardcore, card-carrying Tennessee conservative" who would fight for Trump's agenda in the Senate.


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