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 BlackburnHorse abuse for ribbons and prizes has to stop YouTube may move children's content to separate app Democrats detail new strategy to pressure McConnell on election security bills 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 CorkerPress: How 'Nervous Nancy' trumped Trump Amash gets standing ovation at first town hall after calling for Trump's impeachment Jeff Daniels blasts 'cowardice' of Senate Republicans against Trump 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 TrumpNew EPA rule would expand Trump officials' powers to reject FOIA requests Democratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question 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 KavanaughStephen King: 'It's time for Susan Collins to go' EXCLUSIVE — Trump: I would fill Supreme Court vacancy before 2020 election Supreme Court rules against newspaper over information request, giving confidentiality win to businesses 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.