GOP groups are deploying their full arsenal on behalf of Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., amid concerns about her Senate race with former Democratic Gov.Phil Bredesen, The Washington Post is reporting.
The newspaper said Republican strategists are frustrated that she has not jumped out to a comfortable lead in the race to replace Sen. Bob Corker, a Republican.
A Fox News poll showed she is leading Bredesen by 48-43 percent -- within the survey’s margin of error.
The Post claimed that some Republicans have soured on President Donald Trump and could turn to Democrat Bradesen as a result.
“Tennessee has a reputation for being super Republican, super conservative, and it certainly is a red state, there’s no debate about that,” said John Geer, polling and political science expert and dean of the Vanderbilt University College of Arts and Science. “But I don’t think it’s quite as red as some people think.”
And Bredesen maintained his centrist approach appears to be working.
“I’ve got to rally Democrats. I’ve got to persuade a bunch of independents . . . [and] business [minded] Republicans,” he said. “But I did it as governor, and I think quite successfully. The fact that this campaign is obviously very competitive right now is evidence to that.”
Meanwhile, Blackburn has tried to capitalize on her conservative values.
“I get up every day and I go fight for five things: Faith, family, freedom, hope and opportunity,” she said at a recent debate.
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