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 BlackburnCelebrity endorsements aren't kingmakers, but they may be tiebreakers Election Countdown: Florida Senate fight resumes after hurricane | Cruz softens ObamaCare attacks | GOP worries Trump will lose suburban women | Latest Senate polls | Rep. Dave Brat gets Trump's 'total endorsement' | Dem candidates raise record B Blackburn thanks restaurant owner for hosting event after social media backlash 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 CorkerOvernight Defense: Trump shifts tone on Saudis | New pressure from lawmakers | Trump: 'Certainly looks' like Khashoggi dead | Pompeo gives Saudis days to wrap up investigation | Trump threatens military action on border to stop migrants Trump changes tone on Saudi Arabia amid mounting pressure The Hill's 12:30 Report — Mnuchin won't attend Saudi conference | Pompeo advises giving Saudis 'few more days' to investigate | Trump threatens military action over caravan MORE's (R-Tenn.) seat. Corker has been especially critical of President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Guardian slams Trump over comments about assault on reporter Five takeaways from the first North Dakota Senate debate Watchdog org: Tillerson used million in taxpayer funds to fly throughout US 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 GoreThe Democratic Donald Trump is coming Al Gore warns: UN climate change report shows 'we have a global emergency' Political tribalism started in the 1990s, says NBC News political reporter 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.