Kimberlee Kruesi and Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press Updated 10:58 am CST, Monday, November 5, 2018 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — With open seats for governor and U.S. senator, Tennessee Democrats believe they have their best chance in years to gain ground in Tuesday’s general election. The votes of women could be key. Republican U.S. Rep Marsha Blackburn hopes to foil the Democrats’ efforts and become the first female U.S. senator in Tennessee history. But Democratic former Gov. Phil Bredesen is hoping female voters side with him. Polling suggests women have been slow to embrace Blackburn. Polls range from showing the race is still a tossup to Blackburn having a lead. The Senate race has broken previous Tennessee spending records, hitting a whopping $85 million so far. Meanwhile, Republican businessman Bill Lee and former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean are vying to succeed term-limited Republican Gov. Bill Haslam.
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