Senator-Elect Blackburn speaks with News Channel 11 following historic U.S. Senate win


It was a historic night for Senator-Elect Marsha Blackburn.  

The campaign trail ended Tuesday for Blackburn, as she not only claimed victory in the U.S. Senate race against Democratic candidate Phil Bredesen, but also made history as the first female U.S. senator from Tennessee. 

News Channel 11 provided live coverage from Blackburn’s election night watch party and was able to speak with the Republican candidate as she begins her transition to the U.S. Senate.  

Blackburn thanked many people, including President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.  

“Early this morning, we had a great conversation,” Blackburn said. “I had thanked he and the vice president each for their support and their interest in the race.”  

In October, President Trump held a Make America Great Again rally in Johnson City to show support for Blackburn. Trump and Pence also campaigned for the then congresswoman in Chattanooga just weeks later.  

“That rally in Johnson City I’ve got to tell you that is one for the record books,” Blackburn said. “The president loved that event when he and the Governor and Bill Lee and I were in the motorcade and going, and people were lining the streets and waving flags.” 

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