New Poll: Republican Confirmed as Underdog in Tennessee Senate Race

FILE - In a Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015 file photo, former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen speaks at a ceremony in Chattanooga, Tenn. In a letter dated Thursday, March 8, 2018, Bredesen’s campaign for U.S. Senate has told the FBI that it fears it has been hacked by someone who tried to trick it into wiring money. Bredesen is running for the open seat in Tennessee vacated by Sen. Bob Corker. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig, File)

In a year when the Senate is supposed to be the Republicans’ bright spot, starting out behind in a state like Tennessee is terrible news for the party.


FILE – In a Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015 file photo, former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen speaks at a ceremony in Chattanooga, Tenn. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig, File)

We covered the first poll of the year between Democrat Phil Bredesen and Republican Marsha Blackburn. But now Mason-Dixon polled the race and came up with the same results.

Blackburn is losing. Mason-Dixon only has Blackburn down 3 points, not the 10 of Middle Tennessee State University, but when every poll goes one way, we have to conclude it’s a problem for her.

Bredesen is a popular former Governor who has won statewide in the past. Blackburn is a member of the House of Representatives and never won statewide in the past. Further, this is a bad year for Republicans.

Bob Corker currently holds the seat. If Bresdesen wins, then that’s the kind of upset that could change control of the Senate.