Bredesen, Blackburn face nominal opposition in U.S. Senate primaries


In a key matchup for control of the U.S. Senate, Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn and Democratic former Gov. Phil Bredesen have been campaigning like they are running against each other for months already.

But first, they must win their parties’ nominations, which shouldn’t be a tall task against nominal opposition.

In the GOP primary, Blackburn faces Murfreesboro truck driver Aaron L. Pettigrew, who hasn’t raised any money.

Bredesen has two Democratic primary opponents who haven’t reported raising any money: Gary Davis, a perennial candidate from Nashville, and Chattanooga attorney John Wolfe.

Blackburn, from Brentwood, was first elected to the U.S. House in 2002. She calls herself a “card-carrying Tennessee conservative” who will fight for Trump’s agenda.

Bredesen was Tennessee’s governor from 2003 to 2011, and formerly Nashville’s mayor. Running as an independent thinker, he says he will work with Trump when his ideas make sense for Tennessee and oppose the president when they don’t.

Both are looking ahead to a November matchup to replace Republican Sen. Bob Corker, who is retiring.

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