Senate-elect Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) defeated popular Democrat and former Tennessee Governor Phile Bredesen to replace the retiring Bob Corker (R-TN). This comes despite a much-publicized but virtually irrelevant endorsement from Tennessee’s favorite homegrown pop star, Taylor Swift.
Polls showed the race to be close for months until the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation debacle propelled Blackburn to a comfortable lead. That lead dissolved in the final two weeks of the campaign… at least in the polls. Final numbers are still pending but the race was called much more quickly than most imagined.
Blackburn made a mark in the House of Representatives attacking net neutrality and being one of the staunchest pro-life voices in a caucus that has traditionally been very pro-life.
Bredesen tried a couple of hailmaries late in the game by claiming he would have voted to confirm Kavanaugh and criticizing Democrats for how they handled the whole situation.
Blackburn’s is the first contested race in the Senate to come in. He victory bodes well for Republicans keeping or even expanding their majority.