NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Tennessee has elected Bill Hagerty as its next United States Senator.
The Associated Press called Hagerty the winner just after 7 p.m. as he defeated Democratic candidate Marquita Bradshaw.
Hagerty made a statement at an event held Tuesday evening:
“Thank you to the voters of Tennessee for your trust and confidence in me. It’s a true honor to serve this state we call home. Tonight, the people of Tennessee chose Tennessee values, conservative values, over socialism. America is the most exceptional nation in the world – a nation that rewards hard work and ingenuity – and Tennessee is its most exceptional state. I will work alongside Senator Blackburn to make sure every Tennessean has the same opportunity to live out the American dream. I will stand up for our freedoms; freedom of religion, of speech, our second amendment rights and most importantly, the right to life. I will fight for a prosperous America for everyone, and I’ll fight to keep every Tennessean — and every American — safe and secure.”
Hagerty will take the Senate seat previously occupied by Lamar Alexander, who announced in December 2018 that he would not seek another term in 2020.
With Hagerty winning the election and joining current Senator Marsha Blackburn in Washington, Tennessee will once again have two Republican senators serving in the United States Senate.