The Tennessee Star made you a promise about U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) last year — and we’re keeping it.
Although the various political science departments, polling companies and pundits won’t remind you of their consistently flawed polling processes, questionable data and woefully inaccurate assessments during the next election cycle…we will.
We made that promise on November 9, 2018 after Blackburn won the U.S. Senate race against Democratic former Gov. Phil Bredesen by double digits. Blackburn handily won retiring U.S. Sen. Bob Corker’s Republican-held seat by a 10.8 percent margin.
From last year’s story:
Poll after poll, and pundit after pundit, claimed that the Bredesen-Blackburn Tennessee Senate race was “close.” It was consistently portrayed as one of the best opportunities for the Democrats to flip a Red seat to Blue in the mid-term elections. But when voters actually cast their votes, as opposed to pollsters calling a few hundred people who were often targeted for calls based upon flawed data, Marsha Blackburn earned the title of “Senator” by a 10.8 percent margin, leaving pollsters red-faced and Democrats despondent.
An East Tennessee State University poll released just days before the Election claimed the race was a 44-44% dead heat. Vanderbilt said the battle was a “tossup” and had Bredesen leading by one in mid October.
Real Clear Politics moved the race from “lean GOP” to “tossup” on November 5 — the day before the election! They only missed it by double digits.
A new video compilation is making the rounds that underscores how so many “experts” couldn’t see what was actually happening in Tennessee. Despite the best efforts of the pollsters, establishment media and some consultants to undercut the Blackburn campaign at every turn, SENATOR Blackburn prevailed.
Liberals were so despondent about Bredesen’s “unexpected” loss they threatened on Twitter to leave the state, The Star reported.
One has only to visit Sen. Blackburn’s Senate press release page, available here, to view the number of bills she has worked on and causes she has tackled in only one year. All this from a conservative candidate the mainstream media desperately wanted you to believe would lose.
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Jason M. Reynolds has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist at outlets of all sizes.