Lawmaker who wants paid fast lanes on Internet wins US Senate seat

There's no doubt that Taylor Swift's first foray into politics energized voters, but her Senate candidate didn't win on Tuesday, and Fox News star Laura Ingraham offered some familiar advice: "Shake It Off".

The television networks declared Blackburn the victor at 9:15 p.m.

Blackburn, a conservative lawmaker closely tied to the President, looked to nationalize the Senate race as much as possible, hoping to tap into the same conservatism that elected Trump in order to blunt some goodwill Bredesen had built up during his two terms as governor. Bredesen said he would be an independent voice in Washington, and Blackburn countered by tying him to national Democrats.

Bredesen looked to blunt the attack by telling voters he would not back Schumer for Majority Leader if he were elected.

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have made a strong push for Blackburn in the midterm elections. Indeed, Blackburn hitched herself to the President, who visited the state to campaign on her behalf three times since May, including Chattanooga in his final swing on Sunday night. Blackburn's campaign, meanwhile, shelled out about $12 million through mid-October, and outside groups some $31.6 million for her bid.

'As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I can not support Marsha Blackburn. She'll leave the House and become a senator on January 3, 2019, taking over the seat vacated by Republican Bob Corker, who is retiring. He was the only Democrat running for Senate to announce his support for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his contentious confirmation process.

Bredesen succumbed to Marsha Blackburn, who took home 54.7 percent of the vote.

"I just really want those young people to know how important it is to the future of our country that you not get discouraged, that you stay engaged and you never, ever, ever give up", Bredesen said Tuesday night.

  • Rogelio Becker