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Elections 2018

Tennesseans went to the polls on Nov. 6, 2018, in large numbers. They elected Marsha Blackburn for senator and Bill Lee for governor by large margins. See our highlights of election results, including a slew of down-ballot races, below.

Screenshot of Bob Freeman Facebook photo

A Democrat will be representing a part of Davidson County that, for 30 years, sent Beth Harwell to the state legislature. 

Bob Freeman was not sure how things were going to turn out.

Marsha Blackburn for Senate via Twitter

Tennesseans bucked a couple of longtime trends last week when they elected Marsha Blackburn. Not only is she the state's first female U.S. senator. Voters statewide also showed a clear preference for a Republican who embodies what could be called "the tea party wing" of the GOP.

Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Democrats across the country were hoping this fall for a "blue wave" — substantial gains in the midterm elections, including winning the race for Senate in Tennessee.

But the decisive loss of former Gov. Phil Bredesen suggests it may be a long time before they can be competitive statewide.

Shalina Chatlani / WPLN


Gov.-elect Bill Lee says he’s got a lot of work to do. In his first press conference Wednesday, the businessman — who’s never before held public office — said he’s now figuring out his agenda.

Nashville community oversight
Martin B. Cherry / Submitted

Nashville voted resoundingly on Tuesday to create a citizen board to review allegations of police misconduct, capping a grassroots campaign that first used a petition drive to get the proposal on the ballot and then won 59 percent of the vote.

Marsha Blackburn for Senate via Twitter

The polls were showing the U.S. Senate race in Tennessee as almost a toss-up, but Republican Marsha Blackburn was able to win decisively against Democrat Phil Bredesen.

Elliott Wenzler / WPLN

Republicans went undefeated in races for the three open Congressional seats in Tennessee Tuesday night.

Blake Farmer / WPLN

Tennessee's next governor celebrated Tuesday night to shouts of "amen" and by pledging to follow the "Golden Rule." Republican Bill Lee won in a lopsided victory with nearly 60 percent of the vote but struck a tone of humility.

NPR's National Election Night Live Blog

Nov 6, 2018

Tony Gonzalez

Updated at 9:15 p.m.

Republican Congressman Marsha Blackburn has defeated her Democratic rival Phil Bredesen in a hard-fought race. The contest became a focal point of the national political map as Democrats sought to flip control of the Senate. Blackburn and Bredesen have each addressed their supporters.