Does Black's Loss in Governor's Race Have U.S. Senate Implications?

Posted: 10:16 PM, Aug 03, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-03 23:16:31-04

Republican Diane Black came in third place last night in the Republican Primary for governor.  In campaign ads she tried to closely align herself with President Trump. 

So, does Diane Black's loss raise a red flag for the Republican Nominee for U.S. Senate, Marsha Blackburn?

Vanderbilt Political Science Professor Josh Clinton says that race will focus on how voters view the senate race when they go to the polls in November.

"Are they thinking about national politics and it's a referendum on President Trump? Or is it a referendum on the state of Tennessee, with former Governor Bredesen?" said Clinton. "Depending on how national versus how local it is, that's going to be the entire race."

So Clinton says to count on Bredesen trying to capitalize on his success here at home as governor, and Blackburn focusing on keeping national Republican control of the Senate in Washington.