WASHINGTON – GOP Rep. Marsha Blackburn has a nearly 20 point lead over Democrat Phil Bredesen in the contest for the Tennessee Senate seat held by retiring Republican incumbent Bob Corker, according to a poll released Wednesday.
The New York Times Upshot/Siena College poll found that 57 percent of the respondents said they support Blackburn, compared with 39 percent who said they support Bredesen. Four percent said they are not certain which candidate they support.
The live poll surveyed 366 respondents and has a margin of error of plus or minus 6 percentage points.
Blackburn, 66, has served in Congress since 2003. She is a staunch conservative who enjoys strong support from President Donald Trump.
Bredesen, 74, is considered a political moderate. He served as mayor of Nashville for nine years and then made the climb to the governor’s mansion.
Polls showed Bredesen with a narrow lead over Blackburn from late-August until mid-September.
Tennessee is one of the most reliably red states in the U.S. Trump won the Volunteer State by 26 points in 2016.
Former Vice President Al Gore was the last Democrat to represent Tennessee in the Senate.