A high profile endorsement from pop singer Taylor Swift failed to give a boost to Democrat Phil Bredesen, who was declared the loser in Tennessee’s Senate election.
MUNFORD, Tenn.—Driving on the back roads of western Tennessee it’s hard to comprehend how the state is part of the 2018 midterm battleground. Looking at the yard signs and bumper stickers, you wouldn’t even know there was a Democrat running against Republican Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn.
MEMPHIS—Democrat Phil Bredesen’s campaign brought in a big crowd for a free concert at the historic Orpheum Theatre in downtown Memphis that was intended to boost early voting, but some in attendance were there more for the music than for Bredesen.
A Tennessee lawmaker has called for an investigation into whether senate candidate Phil Bredesen’s campaign treasurer, who is also an appointed board member of the Tennessee Valley Authority, violated the Hatch Act, which bars executive branch employees from soliciting political contributions.
A top spokesman for the Tennessee Democratic Party’s effort to get Phil Bredesen elected senator has said he views “white male” gun owners as “the biggest terrorist organization on the planet.”