Republican Bill Hagerty wins Senate seat, Marquita Bradshaw refuses to concede

Bill Hagerty beats Memphian Marquita Bradshaw race for U.S. Senate seat

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Republican Bill Hagerty has won the seat of retiring Sen. Lamar Alexander.

NBC and the Associated Press called the race for Hagerty just after polls closed in Tennessee.

“ the people of Tennessee, I am overwhelmed by the trust and confidence in me and I am overwhelmed by the history of this moment,” said Hagerty during his acceptance speech. “And I look forward to serving you to the best of my ability as your next Senator from Tennessee.”

Tennessee state senate results

Hagerty, who was endorsed by President Donald Trump and is a former ambassador to Japan and Tennessee economic development director, handily defeated Democratic challenger and Memphian Marquita Bradshaw.

But during a fiery speech after the race was called, Bradshaw told a crowd of voters she won’t concede.

“This is not a concession speech -- it is on the principle of democracy that we will fight until every last vote is counted,” she said.

Hagerty’s final pitch to voters Tuesday was: “They see this as an important choice for America. A choice between the freedoms we have grown to love. Freedom of religion, the second amendment freedoms.”

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