Clear strategies emerge quickly for Blackburn/Bredesen race for Senate

Aug 6, 2018

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Strategies to win Tennessee’s junior Senate seat are already coming into focus just days after Republican Marsha Blackburn and Democrat Phil Bredesen won their respective primary races.

The two will face off November 6th for the seat being vacated by retiring Republican Bob Corker.

Former Gov. Phil Bredesen and U.S. Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn

Middle Tennessee State University political scientist Kent Syler says former Gov. Bredesen will try to keep the focus on his record as governor, while Blackburn will try to shift the conversation to national issues.

“Phil Bredesen continues to talk about his experience and his successes in Tennessee. Marsha Blackburn immediately came out and said this is about moving the Donald Trump agenda ahead.”

Those sentiments were on full display as the two candidates gave their victory speeches last Thursday night. Here’s what Marsha Blackburn told supporters.

“What Tennesseans say they want to see in their next senator is somebody who is going to stand with President Trump to finish the agenda that they voted for when they elected him.”

And here’s what former Gov. Bredesen told his supporters after polls closed Thursday.

“What people want across the board whether they’re super conservative or super iberal or anywhere in between they all say the same thing, ‘Let’s... get some things done.' That’s very much the way I tried to operate as governor and very much what I want to bring to Washington.”

The race could determine which party controls the U.S. Senate, so expect to see a lot of outside money pumped into the Blackburn and Bredesen campaigns between now and Election Day.