The Republicans were going to nominate Rep. Marsha Blackburn whom the Democrats thought they could paint as an extremist.
Republican Marsha Blackburn, a member of Congress since 2003, was declared the victor shortly after 9:00 on Tuesday night. Bob Corker Congressman Marsha Blackburn is trying to become Tennessee's first female Senator. "Few voters associate Bredesen with the national Democratic Party, and he has worked hard to present himself to voters as a competent problem-solver rather than a partisan".
'As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I can not support Marsha Blackburn. Blackburn defeated former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen in a hotly contested race that was viewed by many analysts to be a toss-up heading into election day.
A conservative firebrand and a regular on cable TV news, Blackburn had campaigned as a committed Trump ally, even more so than many other Republican candidates this year.
Blackburn took aim at Bredesen for donating to Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and receiving campaign checks from high-profile Democrats.
The Democrats won't be picking up a Senate seat in Tennessee. She backed Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court the same day Trump nominated him, and criticized Bredesen for taking so long to say he would have supported Kavanaugh's confirmation as well.
Those qualities weren't enough, however, to win over a state that President Trump won in 2016 by 26 points.
Polls close in Tennessee at 8 p.m.
"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. "There's somebody else here that you should vote for and she's very good at that stuff", Bredesen said Sunday, when asked about his final message to voters on the fence.