Tennessee 2018 Election: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The results are in! Congratulations to Cong. Marsha Blackburn who will become Tennessee’s first female US Senator. According to the polls, it started out as a very close race with the lead going back and forth, but in the final days of the campaign, Marsha started pulling ahead and won over former Governor Phil Bredesen with 54% of the vote.

Read more about Marsha Blackburn’s crucial victory.

In the Tennessee Governor’s Race, there were 28 candidates running to become governor, but Bill Lee was elected with almost 60% of the vote (1,333,811 total votes).

Read more about Bill Lee’s campaign and victory.

There were no surprises in the TN U.S. Congressional Races. Districts 5 and 9 were won by the incumbent Democrats, Jim Cooper and Steve Cohen. Incumbent Congressmen Phil Roe, Chuck Fleishmann, Scott DesJarlais, and David Kustoff easily won re-election. Open seats in Districts 2, 6, and 7 were won by Republicans Tim Burchett, John Rose, and Dr. Mark Green respectively.

As for the TN State Senate Race, it was a good night for incumbents. In the open seats, former House member Republican Dawn White won District 13. Former House member Democrat Brenda Gilmore won District 19. Former House member Democrat Raumesh Akbari won District 29. In District 33, Democrat Katrina Robinson, who defeated Sen. Reggie Tate in the primary was elected with no opposition.

In the State House Race, it was also a pretty good night for incumbents with some exceptions: Republican Rep. Eddie Smith, Knoxville, was defeated by former legislator Democrat Gloria Johnson. Republicans LOST District 56, Speaker Beth Harwell’s district, to Democrat Bob Freeman who received 51% of the vote over Republican Dr. Brent Moody.

Click here to view all results from Tennessee’s 2018 Election.

It’s interesting to note that every Democrat incumbent who opposed Kavanaugh in states rated “toss up” by Fox News lost their race. In contrast, the lone Democrat who voted for Kavanaugh, Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, won his race.

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Early Wednesday morning, three U.S. Senate races – in Montana, Arizona and Florida – were still too close to call.

Learn more about these close races.

The incoming Democratic majority in the House of Representatives has the power to open a slew of investigations into the White House and President Trump when the new Congress is seated in January.

Will the Democrats take advantage of their new authority?

Tennessee is one of the Black Progressive Action Coalition’s top investments this election season as it has worked to get African-American voters to the polls in the state’s four largest cities.

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