Donald Trump Endorses Bill Lee for Governor of Tennessee

Karl Dean wins Democratic primary for TN governor     Watch our live coverage from election night

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"Congratulations to Bill Lee of Tennessee on his big primary win for governor last night", Trump tweeted.

President Trump won the state of Tennessee back in the 2016 election, surpassing opponent Hillary Clinton by 26-percentage points. Unofficial primary election results will be made available after the polls close at 7 p.m. CDT and 8 p.m. EDT.

Bredesen has criticized Trump's tariff policies, which threaten an estimated $1.4 billion in Tennessee exports, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a longtime Republican ally. Haslam can not seek re-election because of term limits. Black, for her part, played a key role in the passage of the president's signature Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in December as the chairman of the House Budget Committee. Together, they have put some $40.2 million of their own money into the race and have spent a record $45.7 million total. If elected, he will become the first Democrat to win a Senate campaign in the Volunteer State since Al Gore in 1990.

Dean defeated state House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh in a race to succeed term-limited Republican Gov. Bill Haslam.

In the end, the race was less about political ideology than it was about character, likeability, and outsiders versus insiders, and in that choice, voters overwhelmingly preferred Lee.

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The retirement of Corker created an open seat that will be heavily contested in November, but there are few surprises expected in Thursday's primary because each party has a clear front-runner heading into the fall. He also told reporters that he has a good relationship with former Gov. Bredesen but that "this is about who I think would be the best person to represent Tennessee in Washington". Pettigrew is a long-shot candidate. She has run in support of Trump's agenda, including his wall-building immigration crackdown and his U.S. Supreme Court pick, Brett Kavanaugh.

For months, Bredesen and Blackburn have looked beyond the primary and campaigned as if the general election had already started.

In the 2nd District, the leading Republican contenders are Mayor Tim Burchett of Knox County, state Rep. Jimmy Matlock, Air Force Lt. Col. Ashley Nickloes and Jason Emert, a businessman. I'm running for a Senate seat to represent the people of Tennessee.

Democratic candidates include Dr. Dawn Barlow, a physician, and the Rev. Merrilee Wineinger, a United Methodist minister.

But the Republican primary for governor tested the limits of her theory. Mark E. Green, who withdrew as Trump's nominee to be secretary of the Army a year ago amid criticism of his opposition to federal efforts to bar discrimination against gay and transgender people.

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