Marquita Bradshaw looking to make history in Tennessee Senate race

Posted at 5:53 PM, Aug 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-07 19:27:17-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn (WTVF) — The primary election might be over but the fight for who goes to Washington rings on. Thursday night, a black woman made history. Marquita Bradshaw is trying to change history.

The South Memphis native is an environmentalist with a goal for social change beating out her opponents like James Mackler who out-spent her in the campaign.

Pat Nolen, Newschannel 5’s political analyst says this will be a race the country will be watching.

"There hasn’t been a democrat win a statewide U.S. Senate race in Tennessee since 1990," said Nolen.

Bradshaw wants to be the first black woman to do it.

She will now go against the Republican nominee Bill Hagerty who has the support of President Donald Trump in a red state.

"She’s going to have to find additional African American vote that has maybe not come to the polls ever and try to get them to come out," said Nolen.

Nolen says people are asking for a change in Washington and believes the social justice reform movements helped Bradshaw pull off a win.

"We’ll see if all the energy out there in terms of politics and social justice in the African American community can somehow turn out a democratic vote we haven’t seen emphasized that might change the dynamics of that race in November."

Bradshaw’s campaign raised just a little more than 84-hundred dollars. Hagerty raised millions of dollars.
Bradshaw won last night’s race with 35.5 percent of the vote