GOP poll: Republican up 9 in Tennessee Senate race

GOP poll: Republican up 9 in Tennessee Senate race
© Greg Nash

A pro-Trump super PAC released a poll Wednesday that found the leading Republican candidate ahead of the likely Democratic nominee by 9 points in Tennessee’s Senate race.

The Committee to Defend the President commissioned a poll that showed Rep. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnGOP may face choice on tax cut or stimulus checks Koch-backed group urges Senate to oppose 'bailouts' of states in new ads The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Teachers' union President Randi Weingarten calls Trump administration plan to reopen schools 'a train wreck'; US surpasses 3 million COVID-19 cases MORE (R-Tenn.) leading former Gov. Phil Bredesen (D), 43 to 34 percent. Twenty-three percent of voters polled are undecided.

The poll was conducted from Dec. 13-17 and surveyed 500 likely general election voters and 400 GOP primary voters. The margin of error was 4.4 percentage points and 4.9 percentage points, respectively.


Blackburn is seen as the early front-runner in the GOP primary and has earned an endorsement from former White House chief strategist and Breitbart News head Stephen Bannon.

But she’ll first need to clear a crowded primary, which also features former Rep. Stephen FincherStephen Lee FincherTrump announces, endorses ambassador to Japan's Tennessee Senate bid Lamar Alexander's exit marks end of an era in evolving Tennessee Tensions on immigration erupt in the House GOP MORE. The poll found her overwhelming leading Fincher by 49 points. The other GOP candidates in the race polled at 5 percent or below.

Meanwhile, a poll commissioned in late October by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), Senate Democrats’ campaign arm, was also released on Wednesday.

The poll found Bredesen leading Blackburn by 5 points, 46 to 41 percent, according to The Tennessean. Thirteen percent of respondents were undecided.

The DSCC’s poll was conducted more than a month before Bredesen formally entered the race. The survey was conducted from Oct. 20-22 and surveyed 601 likely voters. The breakdown of voters were 42 percent Republicans, 29 percent Democrats and 25 percent independents. The margin of error was 4.1 percentage points.

Bredesen leads Blackburn in a head-to-head race among independent voters, 48 to 31 percent.


The DSCC’s poll also found that 48 percent of respondents viewed Trump favorably, while 42 percent viewed him negatively.

Democrats haven’t won a Senate seat in Tennessee in nearly 30 years, but they feel increasingly emboldened by the current political climate and Bredesen’s position as a popular former governor.

Bredesen easily won reelection to the governor’s mansion in 2006, but he hasn’t campaigned in more than a decade.