Marsha Blackburn has been declared the victor of Tennessee’s high-dollar U.S. Senate race against former Governor Phil Bredesen.
Bredesen conceded the race a little after 10 p.m. EST in Nashville.
Blackburn, in her victory speech to her supporters in Franklin, said she would be taking Tennessean values to Washington as their new Senator.
ABC News projects Republican candidate Marsha Blackburn to win Tennessee’s U.S. Senate race.
Ballots are continuing to be counted.
Blackburn campaigned on what she called conservative, Tennessean values. The former House representative from Tennessee’s 7th congressional district will be the first woman to represent Tennessee in the U.S. Senate.
The highly anticipated Tennessee U.S. Senate race between Marsha Blackburn and Phil Bredesen is coming down to a lull before the roar as voters turn out to the polls across the state.
The open Senate seat, which is being vacated by retiring Senator Bob Corker, has been in the national spotlight for some time as the two candidates have fiercely campaigned across the state.
Blackburn, the Republican, said she knows Tennesseans want a conservative on the Senate to represent them and their values, such as supporting constitutional judges, decreasing taxers, building the wall and securing the southern border.
Bredesen, the Democrat, said while his views are more nonpartisan, wants to appeal to all voters across the board as he did when he served as Governor of Tennessee – to Democrats, Republicans, Independents – alike.
In the final day of campaigning, both candidates spent time on the road, talking with voters and trying to appeal to their respective supporters and potential supporters.
Election Day polls close at 8 p.m. EST tonight.
WATE 6 On Your Side will bring you the results and more campaign coverage throughout Tuesday.