A Nashville newspaper has reported that there is a new poll in Tennessee showing former Democratic governor Phil Bredesen holding a lead over his likely U.S. Senate race opponent, Republican Representative Marsha Blackburn who is leading in all of the state’s Republican primary polls. Bredesen is not facing a Democratic primary challenger.
Bredesen’s lead gives hope to Democrats that they have a realistic chance to win not only the Senate seat now held by Republican Bob Corker, who is retiring, but also control of the U.S. Senate itself.
Forty-six percent of the people who responded to the survey indicated they would vote for Bredesen while just forty-one percent said they would vote for Blackburn if the election were held today. Thirteen percent of the survey respondents said they were not sure who they would vote for.
The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points which means Bredesen’s lead is greater than the margin of error, so it is significant. This poll reportedly shows the same result as a survey that was taken by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) before Bredesen formally entered the race.
So this shows that the DSCC and Bredesen both think he has an excellent chance to turn a red seat blue. And this result would have major national implications since it will affect which party is in control of the government in Washington.
In a television ad Bredesen ran after announcing his candidacy, he stressed his business experience as the CEO of a Fortune 500 company that he founded. He said he has the practical experience to bring common sense back to government, and his main priorities would be education, bringing down healthcare costs, and dealing with the opioid crisis.
Tennessee has not elected a Democratic senator since Al Gore, Jr. was re-elected in 1990. President Trump won the state by 26 points in 2016, but as shown by Democrat Doug Jones’ Senate victory in Alabama a lot has changed since then.
If the Tennessee senate seat goes blue, it is likely that the U.S. Senate will go blue also, and Chuck Schumer would replace Mitch McConnell has Majority Leader. If the House of Representatives goes to the Democrats in November, and Nancy Pelosi becomes Speaker of the House again, then President Trump’s enablers will be gone and it will be a very hostile atmosphere for him to try to get anything done. In fact, this may mean that there will be impeachment hearings in Washington a year from now. This may be just the thing that our country needs to set it back on a positive course.
I am a lifelong Democrat with a passion for social justice and progressive issues. I have degrees in writing, economics and law from the University of Iowa.