Lee wins GOP governor primary in Tennessee

  • Lee wins GOP governor primary in Tennessee

Lee wins GOP governor primary in Tennessee

Among other policy positions, Dean and Fitzhugh both argued that they can prod a resistant Republican legislature to expand Medicaid, despite previous rejections of a plan pushed by Haslam.

Lee called himself the race's only conservative outsider and focused heavily on his Christian beliefs.

Lee heads his family's mechanical contracting, facilities and home services firm. Though the president had kind words to say about Black at a rally held in Nashville in May to support Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-07), who won the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate on Thursday, a hoped for endorsement of Black by the president never came through.

Easy primary wins Thursday just made it official. He also told reporters that he has a good relationship with former Gov. Bredesen but that "this is about who I think would be the best person to represent Tennessee in Washington". Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, who significantly outspent House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh, will win the Democratic nomination, CNN projects.

The Senate race is slated to be one of the most hotly contested of the 2018 midterms. Dean went so far as saying he probably quotes Haslam "every day, if not every other day" and invoked Ronald Reagan in a Democratic debate. Senate group seeks new Russian Federation sanctions Watchdog files Hatch Act violation complaints against 10 Trump administration officials MORE had endorsed Black in the primary, but Trump had remained out of the governor's race.

Businessman Bill Lee won a bruising GOP primary. Today is a milestone and the beginning of the general election, and I am so grateful that you are entrusting me with the Republican nomination for United States Senate.

The Blackburn-Bredesen showdown is among several races crucial to Trump's plans to maintain control of the Senate, where Republicans are defending a narrow two-seat majority. Tennessee favored Trump by 26 percentage points in 2016.

Bredesen has criticized Trump's tariff policies, which threaten an estimated $1.4 billion in Tennessee exports, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a longtime Republican ally.

President Donald Trump, who previously praised Rep.

If Blackburn wins in the fall, she would be the first woman from Tennessee to serve in the US Senate.

Bredesen blew past nominal opposition in Thursday's primary, as expected.

Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn campaigns Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, at a cafe in Brentwood, Tenn.

Blackburn has billed herself as a "hardcore, card-carrying Tennessee conservative" who would fight for Trump's agenda in the Senate.

Blackburn and Bredesen have long run their race like their matchup was inevitable. Together, they have put some $40.2 million of their own money into the race and have spent a record $45.7 million total.