Bredesen angered Democrats and rabid liberals by announcing that he would have supported Brett Kavanaugh's nomination for the Supreme Court, declaring that there was no evidence to support last-minute sexual assault allegations against him.
Marsha Blackburn has won the race. Bredesen was the last Democrat to win a statewide election in Tennessee, and would have been the first Democrat elected to the Senate since Al Gore in 1990.
Blackburn has been an outspoken supporter of President Trump and his policies, campaigning on issues such as a securing the border, safeguarding the Second Amendment, ensuring constitutionalist judges get put on the bench, cutting taxes and regulation, defending the right to life, and more. "There's somebody else here that you should vote for and she's very good at that stuff", Bredesen said Sunday, when asked about his final message to voters on the fence.
Pop superstar Taylor Swift even broke her political silence for the Tennessee contest when she went on Instagram to endorse Bredesen and encourage people to vote.
And the former governor also energized Tennessee Democrats who had long struggled to gain traction in the state.
Blackburn, an eight-term congresswoman, had allied herself closely with President Trump. But those advantages didn't extend to Blackburn, who had a 48 percent approval rating, according to that poll - 5 points lower than Bredesen. Corker briefly heard out pleas from some peers last winter that he reconsider retirement, prompting a Blackburn spokeswoman to say anyone who thinks she can't win the general election is a "plain sexist pig".
"If you like whats going in Washington, and you like this sort of lines in the sand, take no prisoners, I'm not the guy".
On Tuesday night, she was happy to claim a piece of Tennessee history for women in the Senate. Marsha is the conservative champion we need in Washington to fight for the Trump agenda.