It was part of the plan
A win in Tennessee would help Democrats claw back a majority in the Senate…….
Bring back a popular ex-Governor….
Things DID look good a while back….
Just weeks ago, Tennessee’s Phil Bredesen was a bright light for a Democratic Party hoping to make inroads into conservative “Trump country” and secure a path to retake majority control of the U.S. Senate in November’s elections.
Polls showed Bredesen, the state’s 74-year-old former governor, in a surprisingly tight race with Republican U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn to replace retiring Republican Senator Bob Corker.
But momentum appears to have shifted against Bredesen in this closely-watched Senate battle despite the endorsement of pop star Taylor Swift and the rumblings of a Democratic wave. The Oct. 6 confirmation of President Donald Trump’s polarizing Supreme Court pick, Brett Kavanaugh, injected new energy into Republicans, say Republican party leaders.
A New York Times Upshot/Siena College Poll last week showed Bredesen behind Blackburn by as many as 14 percentage points. That followed a CBS News/YouGov poll conducted Oct. 2-5 showing Bredesen trailing by eight points.
Bredesen is scrambling to rally in a fight that has drawn national attention. With Republicans holding a 51-49 advantage, Democrats need just two seats to take control of the Senate. But Democrats have a narrow path to a majority and must defend seats in more toss-up races than Republicans. Of the 26 Senate seats Democrats are defending, including two held by independents who caucus with Democrats, 10 are in states Trump won in 2016.
To get to a majority, many Democrats have placed their hopes on Bredesen…..