Marsha Blackburn vying to become Tennessee's first female U.S. Senator

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Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn was called as the victor just a few minutes after polls closed, easily defeating Democratic opponent, former Gov. Phil Bredesen.

The race made headlines in the entertainment world last month, when pop singer Taylor Swift endorsed Bredesen, but speculation of a "Taylor Swift" effect that would motivate young voters to tip the race to the Democrat appeared unfounded. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me, ' the 28-year-old artist wrote in a post on Instagram. Tennessee is a deep red state, and while Blackburn seems likely to enjoy a victory that will have her move from the House to the Senate, the fact that it's even so close may give some solace for Democratic political operatives.

CBS News is reporting that Republican Marsha Blackburn will win the Tennessee Senate race over Democrat Phil Bredesen. Blackburn will be the first woman to represent the state in the Senate.

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John Geer, Dean of the College of Arts and Science at Vanderbilt University and political science professor, said in the lead-up to election night that moderate Republicans who were drawn to figures like outgoing Gov. Bill Haslam and Sen. Thank you for believing in me and giving me this opportunity. "I say that's all right, bring it on". "Marsha Blackburn wants it to be a national referendum on Trump and Bredesen wants to deal with local Tennessee issues and solving problems".

Those qualities weren't enough, however, to win over a state that President Trump won in 2016 by 26 points. "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.

'I'm sure Taylor Swift has nothing, or doesn't know anything about her.

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