Pence to Headline Knoxville Fundraiser for Blackburn

Vice President Mike Pence will headline a fundraiser in Knoxville for Republican U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-07) in her Senate bid.

An event invitation says the fundraiser will be Sept. 21, WATE reports, citing the Associated Press.

The cost will be $1,000 per person; $5,400 per couple, with a photo; or $25,000 per couple, including a photo and round-table with Pence.

Contributions will benefit Blackburn’s joint fundraising committee.

President Donald Trump appeared at a Blackburn fundraiser and rally in May. Pence attended a Chattanooga fundraiser and related event in Cleveland in July.

At the Cleveland event, held at Lee University, Pence praised Blackburn and Representative Diane Black (R-TN-06), The Tennessee Star reported. Black eventually lost in the Republican gubernatorial primary to Bill Lee.

“The former Indiana governor called the 2017 tax cuts the biggest in a generation and a generator of American jobs in front of a raucous crowd,” the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported:

“His wide-ranging 33-minute speech at Lee University addressed immigration, tax cuts, Supreme Court nominations, environmental rollbacks and chastised the ‘liberal left’ before narrowing his message to tax cuts.”

Blackburn’s opponent is Democratic ex-Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen in the November general election.

Blackburn last week received a Taxpayer’s Friend award and an A rating of 87 percent from the National Taxpayers Union (NTU).

A new survey of Tennessee voters indicates that the race is essentially a dead heat, with Bredesen ahead among likely voters by a 48-46% margin with 5% undecided, The Star reported last week. Republican Bill Lee has a large lead over Democrat Karl Dean in the race for Governor, 53-40%, with 7% undecided.

The NBC/Marist poll of Tennessee was conducted August 25-28 of 940 adults (which has a margin of error of plus-minus 4.0 percentage points), 730 registered voters (plus-minus 4.5 percentage points) and 538 likely voters (plus-minus 5.1 percentage points).

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Jason M. Reynolds has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist at outlets of all sizes.









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