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Tennessee Senate - Blackburn vs. Bredesen

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Candidates

Marsha Blackburn

Marsha Blackburn (R)

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Phil Bredesen

Phil Bredesen (D)

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Tennessee Snapshot

RCP Average: Blackburn +5.2
RCP Ranking:
 Toss Up
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Polling Data

PollDateSampleMoE
Blackburn (R)
Bredesen (D)
Spread
Final Results------54.743.9Blackburn +10.8
RCP Average10/22 - 10/30----49.244.0Blackburn +5.2
EmersonEmerson10/28 - 10/30632 LV4.05244Blackburn +8
FOX NewsFOX News10/27 - 10/30718 LV3.55041Blackburn +9
CNNCNN10/24 - 10/29764 LV4.34945Blackburn +4
East Tennessee State UniversityETSU10/22 - 10/29495 LV4.44444Tie
NBC News/MaristNBC/Marist10/23 - 10/27471 LV5.75146Blackburn +5

All Tennessee Senate - Blackburn vs. Bredesen Polling Data

RCP Poll Average
Tennessee Senate - Blackburn vs. Bredesen
Tennessee Senate - Blackburn vs. Bredesen
49.2
Blackburn (R)+5.2
44.0
Bredesen (D)
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Race Analysis

10/26/18 -- The Vanderbilt poll of 800 registered voters notwithstanding, this race seems to be getting away from Democrats. Marsha Blackburn is closing in on 50 percent, at which point Phil Bredesen has to start persuading GOP-leaners to switch away from a Republican, which seems like a bit of a stretch.

9/13/18 -- Phil Bredesen has hung in there, but his vote share has generally been stuck in the mid-40s while Marsha Blackburn has consolidated the vote since winning the Republican primary.  Bredesen is very much in the game, but is probably still a bit of an underdog.

----------Race Preview----------

The Volunteer State was long something of an anomaly in the South. The mountains in the eastern portion of the state had been a bastion of strong Republican support since the Civil War.  The GOP therefore maintained a sizable presence in the state. Unlike in the rest of the South, Democratic presidential candidates rarely received more than 55 percent of the vote there, and in good Republican years like 1920 and 1928, they even lost.

So Tennessee was one of the first states in the South to align with the GOP and was the first to elect two Republican senators. It also occasionally elected Republican governors, even during the Jim Crow era: It did so in 1880, 1910, 1912 and 1920.

In 2006, Republican Sen. Bill Frist honored a pledge to serve only two terms, and retired.  The Democrats had a dream candidate in Rep. Harold Ford Jr., scion of a Memphis political dynasty and possessed of a moderate voting record.  But Ford stumbled down the stretch and lost to Republican Bob Corker.  Like Frist, Corker decided to hang up his spurs after two terms. 

Republicans have a crowded field, while Democrats scored a major recruitment victory by getting their best probable candidate: former governor Phil Bredesen. Bredesen narrowly won in 2002, but was re-elected in a landslide in 2006.  With that said, Bredesen is now 75 years old, and the state has moved away from the Democrats in the past decade. Given that the Democrats failed to win this seat in 2006, it seems like a stretch to believe that they can do so in today’s Tennessee, although the national environment will probably keep him in the game.

Polling Data

PollDateSampleMoE
Blackburn (R)
Bredesen (D)
Spread
Final Results------54.743.9Blackburn +10.8
RCP Average10/22 - 10/30----49.244.0Blackburn +5.2
EmersonEmerson10/28 - 10/30632 LV4.05244Blackburn +8
FOX NewsFOX News10/27 - 10/30718 LV3.55041Blackburn +9
CNNCNN10/24 - 10/29764 LV4.34945Blackburn +4
East Tennessee State UniversityETSU10/22 - 10/29495 LV4.44444Tie
NBC News/MaristNBC/Marist10/23 - 10/27471 LV5.75146Blackburn +5
Vanderbilt UniversityVanderbilt10/8 - 10/13800 RV4.94344Bredesen +1
NY Times/SienaNY Times/Siena10/8 - 10/11593 LV4.25440Blackburn +14
CBS News/YouGovCBS/YouGov10/2 - 10/5871 LV--5042Blackburn +8
FOX NewsFOX News9/29 - 10/2666 LV3.54843Blackburn +5
CNNCNN9/11 - 9/15723 LV4.34550Bredesen +5
FOX NewsFOX News9/8 - 9/11686 LV3.54744Blackburn +3
NBC News/MaristNBC/Marist8/25 - 8/28538 LV5.14648Bredesen +2
GravisGravis8/9 - 8/11620 LV3.94844Blackburn +4
EmersonEmerson7/11 - 7/14657 RV4.13743Bredesen +6
Mason-DixonMason-Dixon4/17 - 4/19625 RV4.04346Bredesen +3
Middle Tn. State Univ.Middle Tn. State Univ.3/22 - 3/29600 RV4.03545Bredesen +10
GravisGravis12/11 - 12/12563 RV4.14042Bredesen +2