Poll: GOP's Blackburn holds slim lead in Tennessee Senate race

Poll: GOP's Blackburn holds slim lead in Tennessee Senate race

The Tennessee Senate race between Rep. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnConservative groups defend tech from GOP crackdown Lawmakers weigh challenges in fighting robocalls Senators show deep skepticism on Space Force proposal MORE (R) and former Gov. Phil Bredesen (D) is nearly a dead heat just under three weeks from the 2018 midterms.

Blackburn has a narrow 3-point lead over Bredesen in the race to fill the seat of retiring GOP Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerPollster says Trump unlikely to face 'significant' primary challenge GOP gets used to saying 'no' to Trump Democrats introduce bill to rein in Trump on tariffs MORE, according to a new poll released Wednesday by Reuters.


The Reuters/Ipsos/University of Virginia poll found Blackburn holding a 47 percent to 44 percent edge among likely voters, just ahead of the poll's 2.5 point margin of error, meaning the race is practically tied.

This comes off a recent Fox News Poll that showed Blackburn with a 5-point lead.

Democrats see the state as a prime opportunity to pick up a seat in their bid to take back the upper chamber in the midterms.

The Democrats need to pick up two seats to flip the Senate, but they face a tough map where they are defending 10 seats in states that were won by President TrumpDonald John TrumpThorny part of obstruction of justice is proving intent, that's a job for Congress Obama condemns attacks in Sri Lanka as 'an attack on humanity' Schiff rips Conway's 'display of alternative facts' on Russian election interference MORE in 2016. 

Blackburn has tied herself closely to Trump, who held a rally for her earlier this month.

Bredesen has maintained a centrist stance and is one of few Democrats to publicly say he would have voted for the confirmation of Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughCory Booker has a problem in 2020: Kamala Harris McGahn's lawyer pushes back after Giuliani knocks his credibility Grassroots America shows the people support Donald Trump MORE to the Supreme Court.

Tennessee has not elected a Democratic senator since 1990.

A RealClearPolitics average of polls shows Blackburn with a 5.5 point lead.

"It’s become such a Republican state," University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato told Reuters. "It’s so difficult to, for any Democrat to put together a majority statewide.”

The poll surveyed 1,108 likely voters between Oct. 4 and 11.