The television networks declared Blackburn the victor at 9:15 p.m.
Blackburn's victory came after Republicans saw a gain in IN, with Congressman Mike Braun defeating Democratic incumbent Mike Donnelly.
Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn and Democratic former Gov. Phil Bredesen fought hard for the right to replace retiring Republican Sen.
Although Bredesen ran as a Democrat, he largely ran away from the national party and regularly touted his ties to the state and independence from Washington, D.C. The strategy was clear: He hoped to bank on the fact he won every county in the state in 2006 during his second run for governor and looked to tag Blackburn as a traditional Washington ideologue.
First elected to the U.S. House in 2002, Blackburn styles herself as a "hardcore, card-carrying Tennessee conservative" ready to fight for Trump's agenda.
The race between Blackburn, a longtime conservative firebrand, and Bredesen, the well-liked former governor who had been out of office almost a decade, became one of the most high profile, contentious and expensive races in the country. The Senate Leadership Fund, the super PAC aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, spent over $12 million in the state since Labor Day.
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Those qualities weren't enough, however, to win over a state that President Trump won in 2016 by 26 points. ".2018.pdf" target="_blank">higher than the national average.
Early polls had Bredesen in the lead. Corker briefly heard out pleas from some peers last winter that he reconsider retirement, prompting a Blackburn spokeswoman to say anyone who thinks she can't win the general election is a "plain sexist pig". Bob Corker, were always uneasy with Blackburn's conservative firebrand of politics.
'She voted against equal pay for women. And he refused to tie himself in Democratic leadership in Washington, claiming that he wouldn't support Senator Chuck Schumer for minority leader. "We're cancelling a planned six-figure digital video ad expenditure for Phil Bredesen in Tennessee due to his Kavanaugh position". Even an endorsement from Taylor Swift couldn't push him over the top. Several networks called that race nearly immediately after polls closed in Tennessee.
"I just really want those young people to know how important it is to the future of our country that you not get discouraged, that you stay engaged and you never, ever, ever give up", Bredesen said Tuesday night.
"Now, you don't have to worry if you're going to call me congressman, or congresswoman, or congress lady".