Marsha Blackburn and Phil Bredesen secured the primary nominations for U.S. Senate soon after polls closed Thursday evening. The two candidates will face off in November to replace Bob Corker, one of Tennessee's current Senators.
The other candidates who ran for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate are former Tennessee Gary Davis and John Wolfe. Aaron Pettigrew ran against Blackburn for the Republication nomination.
Blackburn is the first female U.S. Senate candidate to be nominated by either party in Tennessee.
Both candidates took to social media to acknowledge their respective victories.
It's official. Thanks to everyone who supported me in the primary. In case you missed it, you can watch my special address on Facebook Live here: https://t.co/V9CJl2iuiY— Phil Bredesen (@PhilBredesen) August 3, 2018
Chuck & I are grateful for the support shown by so many across the state. We're touched by your offer to help by supporting us in such significant ways. Today is a milestone & the start of the general election. We ask for your continued support as we work to win in Nov! – Marsha pic.twitter.com/QNqEb7Ji5R— Marsha Blackburn (@VoteMarsha) August 3, 2018
Along with voting for the U.S. Senate seat, Tennessee voters headed to the polls for statewide elections like the gubernatorial primaries, as well as local elections such as vice mayor and school board seats.