Tennessee Dems trounced by GOP, despite high midterm hopes
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Democrats began their Tuesday feeling like they had their best chance in years to regain some political clout in their conservative state.
Those aspirations quickly disappeared on election night. Instead, voters largely gave President Donald Trump a stamp of approval and echoed much of what Republicans touted on the campaign trail.
From the U.S. Senate to the governor’s office to the statehouse, Republicans were able to fend off key Democratic challengers.
Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn delivered the biggest blow to Democrats by handily defeating their popular former governor, Phil Bredesen, in a Senate bid.
Meanwhile, Republican businessman Bill Lee defeated former Democratic Nashville Mayor Karl Dean in his bid to be the state’s next governor.
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