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Marsha Blackburn Surges in Tennessee Senate Race

In the race for U.S. Senate from Tennessee, Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a Brentwood businesswoman, is surging ahead of her Democratic opponent, former Governor Phil Breseden.

Senate frontrunner Marsha Blackburn

In a CBS YouGov poll published on Sunday, 50% of Tennessee voters said that they would vote for Blackburn, compared to 42% for Breseden. The survey reached 871 likely voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 points.

The poll found that Blackburn is consolidating Republican support, perhaps due to the contentious confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was nominated by President Donald Trump and nearly defeated by Democrat opposition in the Senate.

Only 9% of surveyed GOP voters stated that they would "consider voting for Phil Bredesen this year," and 55% of all voters said that the nomination process made them more "motivated to go out and vote this year."

Additionally, voters in Tennessee think that Blackburn is "better on" all four issues presented to them: (healthcare, immigration, crime, and gun policy), and a plurality -- 44% -- are voting in order to "help Republicans keep control [of] the Senate."

Tennessee was initially seen as a swing state in the 2018 midterms, but Blackburn has opened up a consistent October lead. A Fox News poll published last week showed her ahead by five points among likely voters.