MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - A Memphis Democrat is hoping her grassroots campaign can pull off a stunning upset in the U.S. Senate race in Tennessee to replace retiring Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander.
The Tennessee Democratic Party and the Marquita Bradshaw campaign went to court to get lists of voters with outstanding absentee ballots in the state. They sued the Tennessee Secretary of State and other election officials, but a Nashville judge told them they’d need to make the requests of local election commissions.
A spokesperson for the Democratic party told WMC the campaign received the lists in Shelby County Monday night and Davidson County around 1 p.m. Tuesday. They planned to call voters on the lists and let them know they could drop them off at one post office in each county on Election Day.
Bradshaw shocked the political world with her upset win in the August Democratic primary. The environmental activist has Joe Biden’s endorsement.
Republican Bill Hagerty has been endorsed by President Donald Trump and is a former ambassador to Japan and Tennessee economic development director.
Here are the candidates' final pitch to voters:
Hagerty: “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.”
Bradshaw: “Do you want your schools to be high quality? Do you want your environment to be free from pollution? Do you want an economy that if you work 40 hours a week you can take care of your family?”
Voter turnout in Shelby County has been slow Tuesday with no remarkable lines at polling places.
Prior to Election Day, 53 percent of Shelby County’s registered voters already cast their ballots. Election officials here say they’d be delighted to get a 65-percent overall turnout.
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