FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WDEF) — The Republicans will maintain control of the U.S. Senate after yesterday’s election. Retiring republican senator Bob Corker’s seat will also remain red as Marsha Blackburn defeats Phil Bredesen.
It was the most expensive race in state history, but that’s not the only history that was made. Blackburn becomes the first ever woman elected to U.S. Senate from the state of Tennessee.
“Thank you for believing in me and for hearing our message and giving me your vote, and for allowing me to be the first woman ever elected to the U.S. Senate from Tennessee,” Blackburn said during her victory speech.
Blackburn celebrated her victory in Franklin, Tennessee Tuesday night. Not only will the current congresswoman spend the next six years across the hall in the Senate, she also becomes the first female senator from Tennessee — all with the help of President Donald Trump’s endorsement.
“Your next senator, Marsha Blackburn, will keep your economy thriving, your wages rising, your jobs soaring, and she will keep your families and communities safe,” Trump said during his Chattanooga campaign rally.
Tennessee has a history of women in high office, but never has a female served in the U.S. Senate or as governor.
“If we’re ever going to move forward towards full equality, we have to make sure that women and men have not only access to the ballot box but also unlimited opportunities, and the political realm is no exception to that,” Congressman Chuck Fleischmann said. “It’s one thing to say, well, yes you support women, but when you actually elect women to the house to the senate, it’s great.”
Bredesen was unable to overcome Blackburn’s dominance in the rural areas of the state. She becomes the first female senator by an 11-point margin.