And the former governor also energized Tennessee Democrats who had long struggled to gain traction in the state.
The Tennessee Senate race is a face-off between Democrat Phil Bredesen, the former governor of Tennessee, and Republican Marsha Blackburn, a congresswoman representing Tennessee's 7th district.
Blackburn has been an outspoken supporter of President Trump and his policies, campaigning on issues such as a securing the border, safeguarding the Second Amendment, ensuring constitutionalist judges get put on the bench, cutting taxes and regulation, defending the right to life, and more. The September fight to confirm Kavanaugh significantly boosted Blackburn, who took her first lead in the RealClearPolitics polling average in early October. Fox News called the race for Blackburn at 9:04 p.m.
Describing herself as "hard core" and "politically incorrect and proud of it", Blackburn embraced her reputation as a conservative firebrand.
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Blackburn worked to undermine Bredesen's popularity and reputation as an independent thinker by tying him to national Democrats at every turn. "There's somebody else here that you should vote for and she's very good at that stuff", Bredesen said Sunday, when asked about his final message to voters on the fence.
Blackburn thanked Trump and Pence in her victory speech and said she will be a leader who will "work with the president and keep this nation on the path to prosperity that we are on today".
The race between Blackburn and Bredesen was neck and neck, with Bredesen even leading in multiple polls, up until the battle over the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh took center stage. On the Democratic side, two Super PACs affiliated with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senate Majority Pac and Majority Forward, collectively spent a minimum of $15 million.
'She voted against equal pay for women. I am grateful she will join a Senate majority in Washington committed to putting America First.