U.S. Senate campaign

Corker defends favorable comments about Bredesen on national TV shows

Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker defended his favorable comments about former Gov. Phil Bredesen, a Democrat running to succeed him,  on two national TV talk shows Sunday though other Republicans have criticized his remarks as possibly damaging Republican Marsha Blackburn’s prospects. Corker also repeated his general support for “our nominee” though never mentioning Blackburn by name.

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Trump tweets promise to campaign for Marsha Blackburn

Press release from Marsha Blackburn campaign

Brentwood, TN –  Today, President Donald Trump announced his endorsement of Marsha Blackburn for U.S. Senate.

President Trump tweeted“.@MarshaBlackburn is a wonderful woman who has always been there when we have needed her. Great on the Military, Border Security and Crime. Loves and works hard for the people of Tennessee. She has my full endorsement and I will be there to campaign with her!”

“I thank President Trump for both his support and leadership. I am grateful for this endorsement,” added Marsha Blackburn“Tennesseans from all walks of life support the President’s work to cut taxes, rebuild the military, care for our veterans, and nominate conservative judges who won’t legislate from the bench. They expect Tennessee’s next Senator to work alongside the President and their Senate colleagues to pass his agenda, and I’m looking forward to doing exactly that.”

Bredesen loans campaign $1.4M; Blackburn still far ahead in cash (fundraising near tie)

Republican Marsha Blackburn edged Democrat Phil Bredesen in collecting contributions for their U.S. Senate campaigns during the first quarter of 2018 and has more than a $3-to-$1 lead in cash on hand thanks to past fundraising as a member of the U.S. House, according to information provided by the candidates on Monday. Bredesen, however, had about a $1 million lead in early expenditures.

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Though donating to Blackburn, Corker says Bredesen is ‘an outstanding public servant’

Sen. Bob Corker says that – though declaring he will donate to fellow Republican Marsha Blackburn’s campaign to succeed him in the U.S. Senate —  says he will not work against Democrat Phil Bredesen and believes the “outstanding public servant” will get a lot of Republican votes.

Corker’s comments came in an interview with the National Journal. Bredesen says he “obviously was pleased” to hear the comments, which follow ’s conversations with Corker earlier this year suggesting the senator either run for governor or reelection, reports the Times Free Press.

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Blackburn and Bredesen concerned about trade war but not yet criticizing

Questioned about the possibility of a trade war between the United States and China at a Tennessee Farm Bureau breakfast, U.S. Senate candidates Marsha Blackburn and Phil Bredesen had somewhat similar responses, reports the Times Free Press.

President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping in recent weeks have threatened to slap tariffs on products exported from each other’s countries.

…Both candidates voiced concerns but were hesitant to criticize Trump.

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Don Sundquist endorses Marsha Blackburn

Press release from Marsha Blackburn campaign

Brentwood, TN –  Today, former Governor Don Sundquist endorsed Marsha Blackburn for U.S. Senate. His endorsement is another clear sign that Tennesseans are rallying behind Blackburn for Senate.

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Lamar Alexander backs Marsha Blackburn

Press release from Marsha Blackburn campaign

Brentwood, TN –  Today, Senator Lamar Alexander announced his endorsement of Marsha Blackburn for U.S. Senate. It is another clear sign that Tennesseans from across the state are rallying behind Blackburn for Senate.

Senator Lamar Alexander tweeted“I have supported Marsha Blackburn as a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, and I support her again as a candidate for the United States Senate. She has served Tennesseans well. I look forward to working with her to make the Senate a more effective institution.”

“Lamar is a true public servant, and I am continually grateful for his support,” added Marsha Blackburn. “I look forward to working with him in the U.S. Senate to pass the President’s agenda. Together, we will effectively serve Tennesseans and fight for our shared Tennessee values.”

MTSU poll: Bredesen leads Blackburn 45% to 35%; governor race murky

Press release from Middle Tennessee State University

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Former Tennessee Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen holds a 10-percentage-point lead over Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn among state voters in a head-to-head contest for the seat being vacated by retiring U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, according to the latest MTSU Poll.

Apparent voter favorites in the race for governor, meanwhile, include Republicans Randy Boyd, Diane Black and Beth Harwell as well as Democrat Karl Dean, and approval of President Donald Trump stands at 50 percent, unchanged from last October’s MTSU Poll.

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Bredesen could be nation’s richest U.S. senator if elected

Democrat Phil Bredesen would become one of the wealthiest members in Congress if the former Tennessee governor is elected to the U.S. Senate, according to financial disclosures filed Friday and compared to Roll Call’s most recent report on the wealth of current members of the U.S. House and Senate.

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Black backs Blackburn (Update: Boyd balks)

Press release from Diane Black campaign

Nashville, Tenn. – Today, Diane Black released the following statement endorsing Marsha Blackburn for Tennessee’s open U.S. Senate seat:

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