President Trump endorsed Representative Marsha Blackburn in her bid to replace retiring junior Senator Bob Corker Thursday via Twitter.
Unusually, Mr. Trump used a feature of the microblogging site to make sure that all of Rep Blackburn’s followers would see the message by adding a period directly in front of her Twitter username, ‘@MarshaBlackburn.’
In his tweet, the president wrote Blackburn “is a wonderful woman who has always been there when we have needed her.”
He continued, “Great on the Military, Border Security and Crime. Loves and works hard for the people of Tennessee. She has my full endorsement and I will be there to campaign with her!”
Blackburn is the sole Republican in the running for the nomination – as is her rival, former Nashville Mayor and Governor Phil Bredesen.
.@MarshaBlackburn is a wonderful woman who has always been there when we have needed her. Great on the Military, Border Security and Crime. Loves and works hard for the people of Tennessee. She has my full endorsement and I will be there to campaign with her!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 19, 2018
The Washington Times notes that although President Trump’s endorsement is no surprise, it “could prove a shot in the arm” for her in a state that Mr. Trump won in 2016 with 61 percent of the vote, in 92 of 95 counties.
However, Senator Corker, who has often sought to criticize President Trump and his supporters, said recently that Blackburn could have a difficult path to victory. He believes Mrs. Blackburn is down by around 6 percentage points to Mr. Bredesen and that he will have crossover appeal in November.
The Times Free Press reported:
“I certainly do not plan to be working against somebody who is a friend and who has served our state ably,” Corker said of Bredesen, The National Journal reported Friday. “We’ve worked together to build a great state.”
Corker noted that as state finance commissioner in the mid-1990s for then-Republican Gov. Don Sundquist, he worked with then-Nashville Mayor Bredesen to bring the NFL’s Houston Oilers to Nashville, where the team is now known as the Tennessee Titans.
And in 2008, Corker, a former Chattanooga mayor first elected in 2006 to the Senate, and Bredesen, then governor, worked together again to help bring Volkswagen’s auto assembly plant to Chattanooga.
“He [Bredesen] is a very substantial person,” Corker told The National Journal. “And he no doubt will attract a lot of Republican votes.”