Meanwhile, support for Trump seemed to help in the Senate race, where Blackburn touted Trump's wall-building immigration crackdown and his U.S. Supreme Court pick, Brett Kavanaugh. Their victories were widely expected.
Tennessee Republicans will need a shower after tomorrow's final vote in the gubernatorial primary because both campaigns from Randy Boyd and Diane Black have been some of the most deceptive, slanderous and embarrassing of all time. She won Vice President Mike Pence's endorsement and basked in warm comments at every turn from Trump, who ultimately stopped short of a formal endorsement. The race was mostly cordial, aside from a few squabbles. Phil Bredesen has won the Democratic primary and Marsha Blackburn has won the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate race.
Polls have shown Blackburn and Bredesen are neck-and-neck in the race, which Fox News now assesses is a tossup.
Former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen has won the Democratic nomination for an open U.S. Senate that Democrats see as critical to their hopes of taking control of the Senate. "I'll probably vote for a Democratic governor, and sadly because of our president, I am probably going to change my party affiliation", said Dimel, explaining that she voted for Trump in a tough decision but no longer supports him. Corker, a Republican and frequent Trump critic, has praised Bredesen in the race, calling him a "very good mayor, a very good governor, a very good business person".
Most recent update: Republican candidate Bill Lee has won the Republican primary and Democratic candidate Karl Dean has won the Democratic primary in the governor's race. FILE - In this May 29, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump listens as Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., speaks at a rally in Nashville, Tenn. She has benefited from center-stage appearances alongside Trump and Pence in public events and fundraisers in Tennessee. But it hasn't elected one to statewide office since 2006, and in 2012 Republicans secured supermajorities in both houses for the first time since Reconstruction.
Utility worker killed near near Carr Fire
Two firefighters have been killed there since a fire erupted just west of Yosemite in the Sierra National Forest. The so-called Carr Fire was 41 percent contained after killing six people and incinerating 1,067 homes.
He faces the victor of a four-way GOP primary that cost more than $45 million.
Blackburn easily advanced past minimal opposition in Thursday's primary. The candidates running for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate are U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn and Aaron Pettigrew. Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean has outspent state House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh $4.4 million to $984,800, though Fitzhugh has peeled off important endorsements from state employees' and teachers' groups.
While there was little intrigue in primary contests for Tennessee's seats in the House, Rep. David Kustoff did find himself in a fight against George Flinn, a radiologist and perennial self-funding candidate who is outspending the sitting member 2-to-1 ahead of Thursday's Republican primary.
Republicans had grown mildly anxious that, in an unpredictable 2018 campaign season, Flinn could upset Kustoff, who earned a Trump endorsement last week. He told his supporters Thursday he meant to run a positive race focused on jobs, affordable health care and good education. "David is strong on crime and borders, loves our Military, Vets and Second Amendment".