President Donald Trump congratulated Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn on Friday in a two-word tweet after she trounced her opponent in Thursday’s Republican primary in a bid to replace retiring Sen. Bob Corker.
“Congratulations Marsha,” is all Trump said in the post, though he included her statement to voters after winning 84.5 percent of the vote over newcomer Aaron Pettigrew in the primary:
But Trump’s tweet differed greatly from some of the others for winning candidates he had endorsed in recent weeks:
Congratulations to Bill Lee of Tennessee on his big primary win for Governor last night. He ran a great campaign and now will finish off the job in November. Bill has my total and enthusiastic Endorsement!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 3, 2018
Congratulations to Brian Kemp on your very big win in Georgia last night. Wow, 69-30, those are big numbers. Now go win against the open border, crime loving opponent that the Democrats have given you. She is weak on Vets, the Military and the 2nd Amendment. Win!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 25, 2018
Congratulations to Martha Roby of The Great State of Alabama on her big GOP Primary win for Congress. My endorsement came appropriately late, but when it came the “flood gates” opened and you had the kind of landslide victory that you deserve. Enjoy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 18, 2018
Trump campaigned for Blackburn, 66, who was first elected to the House in 2002, at a Nashville rally in May. Blackburn, who has embraced Trump’s agenda, faces former two-term Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen, a former Nashville mayor.
He easily defeated his challengers, perennial candidate Gary Davis and attorney John Wolfe.
The Associated Press declared Blackburn and Bredesen the winners within minutes after polls closed, according to local news reports.
However, the Blackburn-Bredesen showdown is expected to be tough, with the Real Clear Politics polling average giving the Democrat a 4.5 percent advantage over Blackburn.
Corker, a Trump critic who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said last September that he would not seek a third term.
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