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President Donald Trump traveled to Nashville Tuesday to support Congressman Marsha Blackburn in her bid for the U.S. Senate, but Republican hopefuls up and down the ballot sought to tie themselves to Trump in the hope that his popularity will rub off this fall.

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Hundreds of people are gathering downtown for a rally with President Donald Trump later today  — preparing for what would be his third appearance in Nashville since taking office 16 months ago.

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President Donald Trump is scheduled to arrive in Nashville Tuesday afternoon, prompting road closures and heightened security around Municipal Auditorium, where the rally is to take place.

The event is being put together by Trump's political organization, and it seems to be aimed at bolstering Tennessee candidates — perhaps two in particular.

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A new poll by Middle Tennessee State University suggests that Governor Phil Bredesen holds a fairly substantial lead over Congressman Marsha Blackburn in the early stages of the race for the U.S. Senate.

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Bob Corker still seems to be on the fence about whether to reverse his decision to retire and get back into the race for Senate.

But in a busy weekend for Republicans across Tennessee, the main contender for the Republican nomination, Congressman Marsha Blackburn, sought to make clear that he'd have to fight her if he hopes to come back.

Bredesen for Senate

Former Gov. Phil Bredesen has officially entered the race for the U.S. Senate, a move that could have ramifications both for Tennessee politics and Democrats' chances nationwide of retaking Congress.

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Congressman Marsha Blackburn is blaming the Drug Enforcement Administration for not speaking up if legislation she co-sponsored is causing such a problem. An investigation by "60 Minutes" and the Washington Post highlighted her role in a law that made it tougher for the DEA to regulate opioids.

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U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn says the Senate is slowing down President Trump's agenda.

Her remarks come amid an ongoing dispute between Trump and Bob Corker. And while she's declining to call out Tennessee's current senator, she's making it clear she wants them to move on.

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Rep. Marsha Blackburn's office is responding, after being named in an investigation by The Washington Post and 60 Minutes for her role in legislation that "aided" in the explosion of the opioid epidemic.

A spokesman suggests the measure may have produced "unintended consequences" that Congress could revisit.

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Gov. Bill Haslam issued a statement Thursday saying he will not run for U.S. Senate, altering the calculus of the race to replace the retiring Republican Bob Corker and other races down the ballot. So far, two other politicians have announced their decisions later in the day as well.

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