Marsha Blackburn headed to US Senate in race against former Gov. Phil Bredesen: NBC
Rep. Marsha Blackburn and former Gov. Phil Bredesen (Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr and Wikipedia Commons)

Gov. Phil Bredesen (D-TN) had narrowed in on Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) in the Tennessee race for the U.S. Senate, but it was the Republican that prevailed Tuesday.

FiveThirtyEight had given the former governor a 1 in 5 chance of winning, despite overwhelming turnout at the polls.

Bredesen angered many Democrats when he came out in support of Brett Kavanaugh's battle against sexual assault accuser Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. In wake of his comments, many refused to volunteer on the campaign any longer.

While the race was in a dead heat, Blackburn's poll numbers began to rise not long after President Donald Trump came to the state to promote her among MAGA supporters.

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