Listen / Tennesseans bucked a couple of longtime trends last week when they elected Marsha Blackburn. Not only is she the state’s first female U.S. senator. Voters statewide also showed a clear preference for a Republican who embodies what could be called “the tea party wing” of the GOP.
Listen / Democrats across the country were hoping this fall for a “blue wave” — substantial gains in the midterm elections, including winning the race for Senate in Tennessee. But the decisive loss of former Gov. Phil Bredesen suggests it may be a long time before they can be competitive statewide.
Listen / Gov.-elect Bill Lee says he’s got a lot of work to do. In his first press conference Wednesday, the businessman — who’s never before held public office — said he’s now figuring out his agenda.
Nashville voted resoundingly on Tuesday to create a citizen board to review allegations of police misconduct, capping a grassroots campaign that first used a petition drive to get the proposal on the ballot and then won 59 percent of the vote.
Listen / The polls were showing the U.S. Senate race in Tennessee as almost a toss-up, but Republican Marsha Blackburn was able to win decisively against Democrat Phil Bredesen.
Republicans went undefeated in races for the three open Congressional seats in Tennessee Tuesday night.
Listen / Tennessee’s next governor celebrated Tuesday night to shouts of “amen” and by pledging to follow the “Golden Rule.” Republican Bill Lee won in a lopsided victory with nearly 60 percent of the vote but struck a tone of humility.
Updated at 9:15 p.m. Republican Congressman Marsha Blackburn has defeated her Democratic rival Phil Bredesen in a hard-fought race. The contest became a focal point of the national political map as Democrats sought to flip control of the Senate. Blackburn and Bredesen have each addressed their supporters.
Listen / The hotly contested Senate race between Marsha Blackburn and Phil Bredesen will be closely watched Tuesday night — and not just by people in Tennessee.