Rep. Marsha Blackburn and Rep. Scott DesJarlais to Rally for State Senate Candidate Shane Reeves This Saturday


The Shane Reeves campaign announced Tuesday that Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), a candidate for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate, and Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN-04) will host a rally Saturday morning, March 10, for Republican Shane Reeves to help build momentum for the State Senate District 14 special election candidate.

“I know Shane Reeves will fight to foster an agenda that will create jobs and promote prosperity for state senate district 14,” Rep. Blackburn said in a statement.

“We need a conservative businessman in Nashville who will stand with President Trump here in Tennessee. Shane will represent well the values and beliefs of the 14th district and I look forward to showing my support for him on Saturday in Murfreesboro,” Blackburn added.

“Having known Shane for over six years, I’m confident he will immediately contribute to the legislative process bringing an expansive knowledge of business and healthcare to the table,” Rep. DesJarlais, who is seeking re-election to his seat in Tennessee’s 4th Congressional District, said.

“I look forward to joining team Reeves this Saturday to support his campaign and ensure republican voters understand the urgency and importance of getting out to vote next Tuesday,” DesJarlais added.

Here are the details, according to the campaign:

GOTV Rally, Day of Action Kickoff

Following the rally, the Reeves Campaign plans to spend the day canvassing in the district and phone banking from the Rutherford County Republican Party headquarters.

Reeves in running in the March 13th special election with early voting taking place now through March 8th. The district includes the eastern portion of Rutherford county and all of Bedford, Marshall, Moore, and Lincoln counties.

As The Tennessee Star previously reported, turnout in early voting in the race,  which closes on Thursday, has some GOP political watchers concerned:

Early voting in the March 13 Special Election in the 14th Senatorial District to fill the vacancy created when State Senator Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville) resigned to accept an appointment from the Trump Administration continues at a slow pace. Through Friday, March 2, 2018 only 4,211 votes had been cast. Early voting in Bedford, Moore, Rutherford, Lincoln, and Marshall counties continues through Thursday, March 8.

The Special Election pits Republican nominee Shane Reeves against Democrat Gayle Jordan. Reeves won the nomination by a two to one margin over fellow Republican Joe Carr in January. Jordan was unopposed in the Democratic Party primary.

Republican supporters of Reeves have expressed concern over the low turnout, particularly in the wake of the 17th Senatorial District Special Election last year. In that election Republican Mark Pody narrowly defeated his Democrat challenger by about 300 votes in a heavily Republican District that included Wilson, Cannon, DeKalb, Smith, Clay and Macon counties. Pody, a state representative, had 5,990 total votes while Democrat Mary Alice Carfi received 5,682 votes.

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