Tennessee US Senate 2018; Primary August 2

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Post by RVInit » Thu Apr 05, 2018 2:41 pm

:pray: Sounds good so far. Keeping my fingers crossed, too. Blackburn is whackadoodle, for sure.


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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Thu Apr 05, 2018 6:12 pm

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Post by Turtle » Thu Apr 05, 2018 6:39 pm

Blackburn is trying to run on tax reform and that's not gonna work. Bredesen brought jobs to TN and will win if he runs on that.



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Post by NotaPerson » Thu May 03, 2018 1:18 pm

Sounds like Corker has pretty much endorsed Bredesen! :-D
Republicans are increasingly unnerved by the rift between retiring Sen. Bob Corker and Marsha Blackburn, the GOP congresswoman vying to replace him, saying it could cost them a must-win seat in Tennessee.

The duo’s chilly relationship has spilled into the open after Corker praised Blackburn’s Democratic opponent and refused to even utter her name in multiple media appearances this spring. The retiring senator’s remarks have boosted former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen and agitated Blackburn’s supporters, who want Corker to help heal the state party, not inflame its divisions.
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.....Recent public and private polls show Bredesen leading Blackburn, a staunch ally of President Donald Trump, in a state that went for Trump by 26 points in 2016. Supporters argue that there’s still plenty of time for her to catch up before November and that she has backing from the vast majority of the state’s Republican officials.

But Republicans in Washington and Tennessee worry that Corker’s Bredesen-friendly comments amount to a tacit permission for pragmatic-minded GOP voters to cross the aisle. They want Corker to go to bat for Blackburn or sit out the contest entirely.
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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Thu May 03, 2018 1:31 pm

Can't figure Corker out other than he is greedy (his vote on Tax Scam) and mercurial.


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Post by RVInit » Thu May 03, 2018 1:45 pm

I could be wrong about Corker but he seems to be a complete rwnj when it comes to actual policy positions, but doesn't actually believe in destroying the rule of law and openly calling the media the enemy. The issues that some of these Republicans like Corker and Flake seem to be having with Trump do not appear to extend to policy so much as to Trump's personal behavior - tweeting, constant lying about things big and small, attacking the FBI. I'm not saying they aren't liars themselves, but they at least seem to have the sense to avoid saying anything whenever they can so that they aren't lying 9 times every single day to a microphone where it's going to be put on the news.

His supporters, on the other hand, are all in for all of it. They love his policies and they love his out of control tweeting, lying, and destroying the rule of law, too.


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Post by Turtle » Tue May 29, 2018 8:50 pm

RVInit wrote:
Thu May 03, 2018 1:45 pm
I could be wrong about Corker but he seems to be a complete rwnj when it comes to actual policy positions, but doesn't actually believe in destroying the rule of law and openly calling the media the enemy. The issues that some of these Republicans like Corker and Flake seem to be having with Trump do not appear to extend to policy so much as to Trump's personal behavior - tweeting, constant lying about things big and small, attacking the FBI. I'm not saying they aren't liars themselves, but they at least seem to have the sense to avoid saying anything whenever they can so that they aren't lying 9 times every single day to a microphone where it's going to be put on the news.

His supporters, on the other hand, are all in for all of it. They love his policies and they love his out of control tweeting, lying, and destroying the rule of law, too.
Corker is closer to a Chamber of Commerce Republican than a RWNJ. He usually votes with the party, but will break from conservatives on some economic issues. A US Senate race in TN is much different from a lot of the other races. Corker can't win Nashville and Memphis on red meat, he needs to run on his relationships with industry and how he can use that to bring jobs to TN. But when he goes in to the town halls of the smaller cities, they all want to know is he with Trump or against Trump. That's all they care about, and every statement or action is measured by that standard. And that is why he is leaving.

Now here comes Marsha Blackburn trying to run on red meat, and Bredesen is polling ahead of her, way ahead with women. She is running on Trump, who is there right now "helping" her campaign:




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Enjoy the cray cray.



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Post by Addie » Wed May 30, 2018 12:02 pm

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The 45 most astonishing lines from Donald Trump's Nashville speech ...
13. "Who is he? I never heard of this guy. Who is he?"

Trump is referring to Phil Bredesen, Blackburn's likely opponent in the fall Senate election. And Bredesen is a former two-term governor and two-term mayor of Nashville. So ...
22. "Phil Bredesen supported her. He supported her ideas. Border wall. We have already started doing it."

I didn't edit this or splice sentences together. This is exactly what Trump said. He went from attacking Bredesen to saying the words "border wall." Just like that. [looks around in amazement]
27. "Our laws are the worst laws of any country anywhere in the world."

... said the President of the United States.
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The Star: Minute by minute: Trump’s wildly dishonest rally speech in Nashville


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Post by RoadScholar » Wed May 30, 2018 12:51 pm

Well, crime families don’t appreciate laws in general.


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Post by Turtle » Tue Jun 05, 2018 1:45 am

This ad was running today on local stations:




Don't see the Blackburn ad online yet, but the current one is about crimes committed by illegal immigrants. But not too long ago she was running 30-second versions of this:




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Re: Tennessee US Senate 2018; Primary August 2

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Post by Addie » Thu Aug 02, 2018 2:15 pm

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Tennessee primary elections: live results for Senate and governor’s race

In a unique Thursday primary, on August 2, primary voters in Tennessee will go to the polls to decide their nominees for the closely watched governor and Senate races as well as the state’s nine House seats.

Tennessee is solidly red. But the state has several important open races, notably one for Senate and one for governor, that Democrats think they have a shot — albeit a very long shot — at taking. The state went for Donald Trump by 26 points in 2016, and he has a 56 percent approval rating in the state. Republicans control the state House and the governor’s mansion, and have a hold on the state’s delegation to Congress. But Tennessee is known for having a strong streak of pragmatic, traditional and business-centric Republicans in charge — not Trump-like firebrands. It’s a history that this year’s midterms will put to the test.

Polls close at 8 pm Eastern. Vox will have live election results below, powered by Decision Desk. ...

Tennessee is setting up a very heated Senate race ...

The Republican frontrunner is US Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a hyperpartisan conservative firebrand who so far has been running a campaign targeted at the Republican base. Aaron Pettigrew, a trucker, is also on the ballot.

Blackburn is expected to be matched up against former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen in November. Also on the Democratic ballot are perennial candidate Gary Davis and Chattanooga attorney John Wolfe.

Democrats struck gold when they recruited Bredesen to run. A popular two-term governor from 2003 to 2011, Bredesen is running on bringing an independent voice to Washington. Tennesseans know his name, and he has support across the aisle.

Polling has been inconclusive. Most recently, an Axios/SurveyMonkey poll found Blackburn leading by 14 points. But all previous surveys had Bredesen up by 5 points, and in May, a Vanderbilt poll found Bredesen was more popular than Blackburn. Though it will be a challenge, one Democratic campaign aide told Vox, a Bredesen win is an attainable long shot.


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Post by Addie » Thu Aug 02, 2018 9:35 pm

Update: The senate primary has been called for Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn, and Democrat former governor Phil Bredesen.


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Post by Addie » Thu Aug 02, 2018 9:53 pm

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Tennessee Democrats tap a popular former governor for Senate — and the GOP braces for a fight in Trump country

Republicans braced Thursday for a difficult, high-stakes campaign in the heart of Trump country as Tennessee Democrats nominated a popular former governor to run for the state’s open Senate seat.

The Associated Press projected a primary win by Phil Bredesen, who has presented himself as an affable centrist willing to work with President Trump, and gives his party its best chance of statewide general election victory in more than a decade — and forces the GOP to play defense on its home turf as it seeks to preserve a narrow 51-49 Senate majority.

AP also projected that Republicans nominated U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, who is backed by Trump and has largely championed his agenda.

The fall campaign will test the enduring appeal of Trump’s brand of politics in a state that he won handily two years ago but has historically been dominated by more traditional Republicans such as Sen. Bob Corker, an outspoken critic of the president whose retirement triggered the open race. Republicans, who have sought to focus on ousting vulnerable Democratic incumbents in pro-Trump states, have grown increasingly worried about a Tennessee letdown.

“The only reason Democrats have a shot in Tennessee is Bredesen himself,” said Steven Law, the president of American Crossroads, a conservative group. “Voters fondly remember his tenure as governor and he’s proven himself to be a nimble and affable politician.”


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Post by Addie » Fri Aug 03, 2018 7:16 am

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History At Stake In Tennessee Clash For US Senate

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Tennessee Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen and Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn are on a collision course to claim their own slices of history in a critical U.S. Senate race.

Blackburn, an ally of President Donald Trump, would break ground as the first woman Tennessee ever elected to the Senate.

Bredesen could breathe life into a depleted Democratic Party in Tennessee that hasn’t won statewide in more than a decade — not since he did it himself in his 2006 re-election bid. It’s been even longer for Tennessee Democrats to see success in Senate races. The last to win was former Vice President Al Gore in 1990.

Tennessee voted for Trump by 26 percentage points in 2016, but Bredesen’s continued popularity and pledge of independent thinking has kept polls close in the contest to replace retiring Republican Sen. Bob Corker. The race could run up a record spending tab as Democrats hope to anchor their fight to steal the 51-49 Republican Senate majority on the red, southern state.


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Re: Tennessee US Senate 2018; Primary August 2

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Post by Turtle » Mon Aug 06, 2018 7:35 pm

Bredesen should win this, but it will be close. There will be a significant number of voters who vote the whole GOP ticket except in this race. Blackburn knows on some level she can't run on Trump in the general, but she will struggle to show the voters a clear picture of what she has done for the state, compared to her opponent.



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