Phil Bredesen

Politico: ‘Distaste’ for Blackburn behind GOP prodding of Corker to reconsider retirement

Following up on earlier reports, Politico says  “a faction of Republicans in Tennessee and Washington” – worried that Republican Marsha Blackburn could lose the November U.S. Senate general election and give Democrats a Senate majority – continues to urge Sen. Bob Corker to reconsider his retirement plans.

A Blackburn spokeswoman scoffs at the notion of the current congressman as a loser and Corker is non-committal (though someone ‘close’ to the senator says he’s listening), according to the lengthy article. The piece also suggests that Corker has “reached out” to President Donald Trump to get his thinking on a retreat from retirement.

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Politico: Poll has Bredesen leading Blackburn 47-45

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Brentwood. (Photo credit: Blackburn for Senate campaign)

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Brentwood. (Photo credit: Blackburn for Senate campaign)

Politico reports that a late January poll had Democratic former Gov. Phil Bredesen leading Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn 47% to 45% in a head-to-head matchup in the Tennessee Senate race.

The poll conducted by Glen Bolger of Public Opinion Strategies indicates that a generic Republican would be preferred over a Democrat, and that President Donald Trump retains a strong approval rating. The takeaway, Politico says, is that “Blackburn is in for a tough race” even in a heavily Republican state like Tennessee.

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Blackburn reserves $1 million worth of ad time on Fox News

Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s U.S. Senate campaign has reserved $1 million worth of ad time on Fox News between April 27 and the primary election on Aug. 2.

Campaign adviser Ward Baker says in a memo that it was key to reserve the premium statewide inventory during the 14-week ad run now because of the crowded field of candidates in the governor’s race and various congressional contests will drive up demand for limited airtime.

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Poll finds Bredesen ahead of Fincher, trailing Blackburn in U.S. Senate matchups

Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn leads former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen 50.7 percent to 39.7 percent in a recent poll commissioned by Tennessee Star of prospective voters in hypothetical matchup for the general U.S. Senate election. The poll also found that Bredesen has a lead – 41.5 percent to 38.2 percent – in a match with former Republican Rep. Stephen Fincher as the GOP nominee.

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Bredesen’s Senate campaign staff includes veterans from his gubernatorial days

Democrat Phil Bredesen’s campaign staff in his run for the U.S. Senate includes several veterans of his campaigns for governor and officials who served under him while he was in office.

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Karl Dean: Bredesen’s run for Senate a ‘confidence booster’ for TN Democrats

Tennessee gets a mention in a Politico review of 2018 gubernatorial races around the nation under the headline, “The next GOP panic: Governors’ races” with Gov. Bill Haslam and Democratic candidate Karl Dean quoted. A Tennessee-oriented excerpt:

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Polling from opposite poles: Blackburn leads Bredesen; Bredesen leads Blackburn

A poll commissioned by a pro-Trump super PAC found that  Republican Marsha Blackburn is  ahead of Democrat Phil Bredesen in a potential 2018 general election for a Tennessee U.S. Senate seat, reports the Hill, while a survey sponsored by a Democrat-supporting organization found Bredesen ahead.

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James Mackler formally endorses Bredesen for U.S. Senate

Press release from James Mackler

NASHVILLE – Decorated Iraq war combat veteran James Mackler endorsed Governor Phil Bredesen in his campaign to represent Tennessee in the U.S. Senate in front of hundreds gathered at the Davidson County Democratic Party straw poll last night.

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Mackler withdraws from U.S. Senate race, sets up PAC

Nashville attorney and Army veteran James Mackler, who launched a campaign for the Democratic nomination to the U.S. Senate eight months ago, announced Tuesday he is withdrawing from the race. Instead, he’s setting up a political action committee.

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Bredesen handling of 2005 sexual harassment cases resurrected

With Phil Bredesen’s entry into the U.S. Senate campaign at a time of considerable attention to sexual harassment involving politicians, a couple of political blogs suggest that two 2005 episodes during Bredesen’s tenure as governor could become an issue in his current campaign.

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