Donald Trump endorses Republican nominee for Tennessee governor Bill Lee

Nashville Tennessee. Earlier in the day President Trump held a fundraising event in support of Rep. Marsha Blackburn

Money shouldn't be a problem for either candidate.

With the spending spree, the candidates have fought over who is more loyal to the president and his tough-on-immigration priorities.

Among other policy positions, Dean and Fitzhugh both argued that they can prod a resistant Republican legislature to expand Medicaid, despite previous rejections of a plan pushed by Haslam.

Lee heads his family's mechanical contracting, facilities and home services firm.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Basking in the afterglow of an emphatic Republican primary victory in her Senate bid, U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn proclaimed it a win for the agenda of President Donald Trump, a statement from Tennessee voters that they want to give him their full support.

The choices Tennesseans made in Thursday's primary will have ramifications for years to come.

She says securing the nation's borders is crucial to stop human trafficking and gangs.

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Blackburn will face former Gov. Phil Bredesen.

He thanked his supporters Thursday night and vowed to be "the best damn senator you ever sent up to Washington".

Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean has won the Democratic primary in the open race for Tennessee governor.

Dean had a huge advantage in campaign cash, outspending Fitzhugh $4.4 million to $984,800. The race was mostly cordial.

Bredesen, who remains popular, would again need to peel off support from moderate Republicans and independents.

President Trump won the state of Tennessee back in the 2016 election, surpassing opponent Hillary Clinton by 26-percentage points.

Dean even quoted Ronald Reagan in a Democratic debate.

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It was the most expensive Republican primary gubernatorial campaign in the state's history, with the four rivals combining to spend more than $45 million. Blackburn could become the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate by Tennessee voters.

Businessman Bill Lee won a bruising GOP primary.

The gubernatorial general election will be held Tuesday, November 6.

In a Thursday appearance, Gov. Haslam touted Blackburn's candidacy and echoed her in saying that keeping Republican Senate control is important in part because Tennessee Sen.

Bredesen has criticized Trump's tariff policies, which threaten an estimated $1.4 billion in Tennessee exports, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a longtime Republican ally. Blackburn has aligned herself strongly with the White House and held public events in Tennessee with Trump and Pence.

The organization's financial investments in Blackburn's primary campaign were in the form of direct contributions, opposition research, a grassroots program and other efforts. He and Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn have been eying a November head-to-head matchup for months. In a press release, the group said it will continue to support her as she pursues the seat that will soon be vacated by the retiring Republican Sen.

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