Democrats recruit A-list candidate for Tennessee Senate seat

Democrats recruit A-list candidate for Tennessee Senate seat

In a video announcing his candidacy, Bredesen again sounded centrist themes, touting his experience as governor and his ability to work across party lines.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke, a Democrat who earlier this year weighed running for U.S. Senate himself, today put his support behind former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen in the 2018 Democratic Senate primary.

Bredesen is the last Democrat to win a state wide race in Tennessee when he easily won a second term as governor in 2006.

Although Tennessee's political landscape has drastically shifted since then, with Republicans controlling both U.S. Senate seats, seven of nine Congressional seats, the governor's mansion and supermajorities in both state legislative chambers, Bredesen candidacy makes the race immediately competitive for Democrats.

On the Republican side, U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, former U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher and Dr. Rolando Toyos are seeking the GOP nomination.

Phil Bredesen announced Thursday that he will be a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate. A recent Middle Tenessee State University poll shows that Bredesen is viewed nearly exactly as favorably in the state as Republican front runner Rep. Marsha Blackburn, and much more favorably than all the other potential Republican candidates. "Marsha is the only true conservative in this race who will ensure liberal Bredesen doesn't block President Trump's agenda in Washington".

Bredesen was Nashville mayor when he earned the Democratic gubernatorial in 1994.

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