Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn was called as the victor just a few minutes after polls closed, easily defeating Democratic opponent, former Gov. Phil Bredesen. Although Bredesen largely kept his distance from other well-known Democrats, Blackburn had no qualms bringing Trump and fellow national Republicans to Tennessee.
She portrayed herself as a Republican firebrand, saying she carried a gun in her purse and unwaveringly supported Trump's plan to build a wall along the southern border.
One of the most popular public figures in state history and the last Democrat to be elected statewide, Bredesen led much of the early polling and kept the race deadlocked nearly until the very end, thanks to support from GOP moderates and independents.
"Now, you don't have to worry if you're going to call me congressman, or congresswoman, or congress lady".
Blackburn is running to replace Republican Senator Bob Corker who decided not to seek re-election. It was one of the rare Senate races where Democrats had hoped for a pickup as the GOP threatened to expand its majority in the chamber.
Bredesen angered many Democrats when he came out in support of Brett Kavanaugh's battle against sexual assault accuser Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.
Pop superstar Taylor Swift even broke her political silence for the Tennessee contest when she went on Instagram to endorse Bredesen and encourage people to vote. Thank you for believing in me and giving me this opportunity. "And you know what?"
But Blackburn made her closing argument to voters about Hillary Clinton. She's a tremendous woman'. When the pundits had all but counted her out, she just fought harder. Bredesen's moderate stances, he predicted, would give these voters an easy excuse not to vote for her. She will now continue the fight as Senator.