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Trump in Johnson City: A vote for Bredesen is a vote for Schumer, Pelosi

ZACH VANCE • Oct 1, 2018 at 10:37 PM

JOHNSON CITY — More than anything else, President Donald J. Trump’s historic visit to Freedom Hall Civic Center Monday night was about the Republicans maintaining control of the U.S. Senate, where they currently hold a slim 51-49 margin over Democrats.

Trump, of course, garnered much of the spotlight throughout the rally, where he evoked raucous cheers from thousands of his adoring fans, but U.S. Senate Republican nominee Marsha Blackburn was the focus of the evening in her race against her Democratic opponent, former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen.

“The person we are here to support, we cherish this person. She’s a fighter. A true fighter for the people of Tennessee. She loves your state, and she’s your next U.S. senator. She’s going to be fantastic, Marsha Blackburn,” Trump said as the senatorial candidate joined him onstage and the crowd chanted “Marsha, Marsha Marsha.”

Blackburn’s tough opposition from Bredesen brought the president to Republican-stronghold Northeast Tennessee, where voters went overwhelmingly for Trump in 2016 and where the 1st Congressional District has not sent a Democrat to Washington, D.C., since the 1880s. It was the first visit to the city by a sitting president since Gerald Ford took the Freedom Hall stage in 1976.

For the complete story, visit the Johnson City Press website.

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