The Volunteer State is solidly red.
The President enjoys a 50% approval rating in the state, where the average Tennessean is happy with the job that he’s doing.
The latest poll of the upcoming Senate race says that Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) is losing to her Democrat counterpart Phil Bredesen by some 10 points!
The poll, released Thursday, found 45 percent of 600 registered Tennessee voters said they would choose Bredesen, a Democrat and former Nashville mayor, if the election were immediately held.
Blackburn, a Brentwood Republican, netted 35 percent, with another 17 percent of respondents saying they were not sure.
To make matters worse for Blackburn, she is currently losing Independent voters 45 – 33. This is likely because she has been a strong supporter of President Trump, as the man she is seeking to replace, Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) became extremely unpopular for his anti-Trump rhetoric and behavior.
Her support of the President ensured her the Republican nomination, but it also seems to have alienated more centrist Tennessee voters and given Bredesen a clear path to run as a “Blue Dog Democrat.”
This reality is patently ridiculous, as President Trump has hardly governed as a “far-right” conservative, with most of his administration’s efforts focused squarely on centrist plans. (For an example of this, look no further than the current push by the administration to focus massive amounts of spending on rebuilding America’s infrastructure.) Beyond, the reality that Trump has governed more from the middle than any previous President since Bill Clinton, is the fact that Bredesen is NO CENTRIST. He’s anti-gun, pro-taxes, and sides with the leftwing of his party on the vast majority of issues.
Bredesen rarely brings up President Trump. He does not argue that it is urgent for Democrats to take back control of the Senate.
Instead, he laments hyperpartisanship that “predates the current president” and talks of finding kindred spirits in the Senate to form bipartisan coalitions willing to make compromises that can “move things forward.”
As an example of the kind of senator he would like to be, he cites a Republican, Sen. John McCain of Arizona. Bredesen says he would probably have voted against the recent tax cut, primarily because it added to the deficit. On guns, he has called for tighter background checks since the Feb. 14 massacre at a high school in Parkland, Fla., but not a ban on the kind of assault-style weapon the suspect used.
Even worse than her failure to win independents is the fact that 20% of Republicans are planning to vote for Bredesen.
If Blackburn hopes to win, she has to stop the bleeding and bring those GOP voters back into her own fold.
Blackburn must do her best to remind Tennessee voters that Bredesen might speak like a conservative but he votes like a liberal Democrat, and his history in Tennessee proves it.
If the state GOP doesn’t get its act together, and soon, we could see the Deep South lose another GOP Senate seat.
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