Poll: Democrat Bredesen leads GOP's Blackburn by 5 points in Tennessee Senate race

Poll: Democrat Bredesen leads GOP's Blackburn by 5 points in Tennessee Senate race
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Former Tennessee governor Phil Bredesen (D) holds a 5-point lead over Rep. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnTrump’s new Syria timetable raises concern among key anti-ISIS allies Dem lawmaker invites Parkland survivor to attend State of the Union Bipartisan senators press Trump for strategy to protect Syrian Kurds MORE (R-Tenn.) in the state's Senate race, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS.

The survey found that 50 percent of likely voters favor Bredesen, while 45 percent back Blackburn.

Bredesen and Blackburn are vying for Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerSasse’s jabs at Trump spark talk of primary challenger RNC votes to give Trump 'undivided support' ahead of 2020 Sen. Risch has unique chance to guide Trump on foreign policy MORE's (R-Tenn.) seat. Corker has been especially critical of President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job MORE throughout his presidency, and CNN notes that approval ratings of the president may play a role in the Senate race.

According to the poll, 92 percent of state voters who disapprove of the president favor Bredesen, who was governor of Tennessee from 2003 until 2011. 


Bredesen’s favorability among voters may be another factor in November’s general election, pollsters noted. Bredesen currently has a 52 percent favorability rating, with just 24 percent of registered voters viewing him unfavorably.

Meanwhile, Blackburn is viewed favorably by 41 percent of voters and viewed unfavorably by 39 percent of voters.

The survey comes about a week after a Fox News poll found that Blackburn led Bredesen by 3 points.  According to the RealClearPolitics average of polls, which was last updated on Sept. 11, Blackburn had a lead of roughly one-third of a percentage point.

Tennessee hasn't voted a Democrat into the Senate since Al GoreAlbert (Al) Arnold GoreFor 2020, Democrats are lookin’ for somebody to love Key Colorado House committee passes bill to decide presidential elections by popular vote, not Electoral college David Brock: Howard Schultz’s vanity project will reelect Donald Trump MORE in 1990, and Trump carried the state by 26 points in the 2016 election. 

The CNN survey was conducted among a population of 1,001 adults between Sept. 11 and Sept. 15. The margin of error is 3.8 percentage points.