Bredesen, a former health care executive, campaigned hard on healthcare throughout the election season.
NASHVILLE –– Recent polls suggest Phil Bredesen could be the first Democrat elected to the U.S. Senate from Tennessee in nearly 30 years.
According to polling data from CNN, Bredesen is up five points over Republican candidate Marsha Blackburn. RealClearPolitics, the Cook Political Report and Fox News all call the race a toss-up. Liberal website Daily Kos, Sabato's Crystal Ball and Inside Elections all predict the race is leaning Republican.
Bredesen, a former health care executive, campaigned hard on healthcare throughout the election season. As former governor of Tennessee, he expanded TennCare, which is Tennessee's version of Medicaid.
He also published a book called “Fresh Medicine: How to Fix Reform and Build a Sustainable Health Care System." In 1980, he formed HealthAmerica Corporation.
Bredesen has not confirmed if he supports a single-payer health care program like Medicare for All.
Bredesen worked to provide affordable health insurance to Tennesseans with pre-existing conditions while governor. He sought a funding increase for National Institutes of Health in 2010.
In their respective primaries, Blackburn won over Aaron Pettigrew with 84.48 percent of the vote and Bredesen over Gary Davis and John Wolfe Jr. with 91.51 percent of the vote.
Bredesen touts several endorsements, including former Vice President Joe Biden, the Tennessee AFL-CIO and the Chattanooga Times. He also has the support of Sens. Tammy Duckworth, Doug Jones, Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden.
Bredesen was governor of Tennessee from 2003 until 2011. He was the mayor of Nashville from 1991 until 1999. He is a graduate of Harvard University.