New poll: Bredesen holds narrow lead over Blackburn

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Former Tennessee governor & Democrat Phil Bredesen holds a narrow lead over Republican Marsha Blackburn in the race for the Tennessee Senate seat being vacated by Bob Corker.

In a new poll conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy, Bredesen holds a 46 percent to 43 percent lead over Blackburn. Eleven percent of voters are undecided.

However, in East Tennessee, which is more strongly Republican, Blackburn holds a 48 percent to 39 percent lead over Bredesen. Blackburn also leads among men (48 percent – 42 percent), white voters (51 percent to 37 percent) and Republicans (81 percent – 12 percent).

Bredsen leads among women (49 percent – 38 percent), voters under the age of 50 (49 percent to 40 percent), black voters (87 percent to 4 percent) and self-identified Democrats (87 percent to 4 percent).

Both have the same statewide name recognition, but Bredesen’s favorable/unfavorable ratio (43/18) is better than Blackburn’s (35/26). The poll’s margin of error is +/- 4 percent.

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