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Tennessee elects first female Senator

2018-11-07 04:34
Republican Marsha Blackburn has won a grueling, expensive contest to become the first female U.S. senator from Tennessee. The congresswoman defeated Democratic former Gov. Phil Bredesen on Tuesday by closely aligning her bid with President Donald Trump, who made three visits to the state for her. At her victory party Blackburn thanked the President and Vice President for their support telling her supporters that she "will make sure that we build the wall." Blackburn has sought to undermine Bredesen's reputation as an independent thinker by tying him to national Democrats at every turn. Blackburn was first elected to the House in 2002 and has called herself a "hard-core, card-carrying Tennessee conservative." Blackburn will replace retiring Republican Sen. Bob Corker. She represents a rightward shift from Corker and other more centrist senators that Tennessee has historically elected.