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POWER & POLITICS: Bredesen opens community offices; CNN poll: Blackburn trailing in U.S. Senate race

Phil Bredesen has opened 24 Tennessee Victory community organizing offices across the state to provide a way for people to pick up yard signs and sign up to volunteer for his campaign for the U.S. senate.

Offices have been opened in Whitehaven, Midtown, Bartlett and Germantown, as well as six throughout West Tennessee.

The Shelby County locations are 2810 Bartlett Rd., Suite #9; 7700 Poplar Ave., Suite 204 in Germantown; 521 S. Highland St., Suite 102; and 3245 S. Third St.in Memphis.

Office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.

Also on Monday, CNN reported that Bredesen, a Democrat, holds at 5-point edge over Tennessee Seventh District Rep. Marsha Blackburn. The poll, conducted last week, found that 50 percent of likely voters plan to cast their ballot for Bredesen, while 45 percent currently back Blackburn, the Republican nominee to replace retiring GOP U.S. Sen. Bob Corker.

The poll found one percent of likely voters favored neither candidate and three percent had no opinion.

The general election is Nov. 6.

Among likely voters who responded to the survey, 85 percent said their mind was made up and did not expect to change before Election Day.

The statewide poll of 723 likely Tennessee voters was conducted for CNN by SSRS, an independent research company, from Sept. 11 to Sept. 15 using both landlines and mobile phones. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.3 percentage points.

Bredesen, a two-term governor and former mayor of Nashville, also released a new digital spot entitled “Memphis Matters” Monday encouraging Memphians and West Tennesseans to volunteer with his campaign.

At last week’s forum, Bredesen said, “Memphis is just as important as the rest of our state, and it deserves attention to the issues that are important here and throughout West Tennessee.

“The first thing I’ll do as a senator is actually come to Memphis and listen to what people have to say.”

The Bredesen for Senate Campaign also kicked off “Getting Things Done” Week today (Tuesday) with videos pitching Bredesen as having a track record of getting things done for Tennessee.

Running through Friday, the campaign will be releasing five short videos online that focus on what his campaign touts as Bredesen’s major accomplishments in policy areas such as the economy, education, health care and the environment.

“Governor Bredesen is a tested and trusted leader who has a proven track record of reaching across the aisle and working together to get things done for Tennessee,” said Alyssa Hansen, Bredesen for Senate Press Secretary. “The accomplishments in these videos serve as a testament to his legacy and provide a blueprint for how he’ll approach the job of a U.S. Senator by being a strong voice for what’s best for Tennessee.”

Democrats are leading in two Senate races where they could flip a seat from Republican to Democrat, according to CNN.

Arizona Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema is also campaigning for a vacant seat where a Republican is retiring. Sinema leads her GOP opponent, Arizona Rep. Martha McSally, by 7 points in the race to replace retiring Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake.

Arizona and Tennessee are two of four states where Democrats are considered to have a strong chance at flipping a Senate seat, CNN polls shw. The two others are Texas, where Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is fighting off a strong challenge from Rep. Beto O-Rourke, and in Nevada, where Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen is battling Sen. Dean Heller.

On the state level, the CNN survey also polled voters on their preference in the Tennessee gubernatorial race, finding that Republican candidate Bill Lee holds a 9 percentage-point advantage over Democrat Karl Dean, the former Nashville mayor. Lee had the support of 52 percent of likely voters to Dean’s 43 percent.


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