Dean wins Tennessee Dem primary for governor

Aug 06, 2018, 08:15
Dean wins Tennessee Dem primary for governor

Diane Black, essentially cast her aside Friday after she lost a Republican gubernatorial primary in Tennessee.

Tennessee Republicans are calling for "unity" following a hotly-contested race for governor in this week's primary. Today is a milestone and the beginning of the general election, and I am so grateful that you are entrusting me with the Republican nomination for United States Senate.

Their bids for higher office, as well as the retirement of Knoxville Republican Rep. John Duncan Jr., have cleared the way for competitive, open contests in three of the state's nine U.S. House seats. On the Republican side, Lee beat a selection of candidates notorious for their anti-LGBT legislative agendas, including businessman Randy Boyd, U.S. Rep. Diane Black and State House Speaker Beth Harwell.

Dean has run as a moderate who says he'll work across the aisle. In the race for Senate, candidates were running to replace Republican Senator Bob Corker, who will retire at the end of his term; the election has become competitive for Democrats, despite Trump winning nearly every county in the state in 2016.

In the end, the race was less about political ideology than it was about character, likeability, and outsiders versus insiders, and in that choice, voters overwhelmingly preferred Lee.

President Donald Trump, who previously praised Rep.

Trump did visit the state in May to stump for Blackburn - who spoke at his rally - but barely mentioned the Republican gubernatorial candidate.

"She's in a big race".

Blackburn, who could become the state's first female USA senator, will face former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen in November. It's been an even longer drought in the Senate, with the last Democratic victor former Vice President Al Gore in 1990.

If elected, Bredesen has said, he doesn't have a commitment to support Minority Leader Chuck Schumer for majority leader should Democrats win Senate control. The exports are linked to more than 850,000 jobs in the state related to farming, steel, baked goods, vehicle manufacturing, whiskey distillers like Jack Daniel's, and more, the chamber said.

Bredesen has countered that his record as governor shows he's an independent thinker who won't cave to party leaders.

- Three House districts have open seats now held by Republicans.

Tennessee has a history of electing centrist senators.

Heading into July, Blackburn maintained an early 2-to-1 cash advantage over Bredesen, with $7.3 million in her bank account. Corker, for one, has further complicated the race by saying he's supporting Blackburn but won't actively campaign against Bredesen, whom he has called a friend. But Bredesen would be one of the wealthiest members of Congress if elected, and he has already loaned $3.5 million of his own money to his campaign.

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