NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Former Tennessee governor and Democrat Phil Bredesen holds a narrow lead over Republican Marsha Blackburn in the race for the Tennessee Senate seat being vacated by Bob Corker.
In a new poll conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling and Strategy, Bredesen holds a 46 percent to 43 percent lead over Blackburn. Eleven percent of voters are undecided.
However, in East Tennessee, which is more strongly Republican, Blackburn holds a 48 percent to 39 percent lead over Bredesen. Blackburn also leads among men (48 percent – 42 percent), white voters (51 percent to 37 percent) and Republicans (81 percent – 12 percent).
Bredsen leads among women (49 percent – 38 percent), voters under the age of 50 (49 percent to 40 percent), black voters (87 percent to 4 percent) and self-identified Democrats (87 percent to 4 percent).
Both have the same statewide name recognition, but Bredesen’s favorable/unfavorable ratio (43/18) is better than Blackburn’s (35/26).
The poll’s margin of error is +/- 4 percent.