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Historic firsts in 2018 US midterm elections | Updated: 2018-11-07 17:29

Marsha Blackburn, first female senator from Tennessee

Representative Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn, holds a bouquet of roses as she speaks to supporters after she was declared the winner over former Governor Phil Bredesen in their race for the US Senate in Franklin, Tennessee, US, on Nov 6, 2018. [Photo/IC]

A Republican who represents Tennessee's 7th Congressional District, Blackburn has become the first female senator in the state. Her race received national attention after the pop star Taylor Swift, who previously avoided politics, endorsed Blackburn's opponent, the Democratic former governor Phil Bredesen.

Blackburn, a conservative lawmaker closely tied to President Donald Trump, looked to nationalize the Senate race as much as possible. Blackburn has served in the US House since 2003.

Arizona is also guaranteed to elect its first female senator. Following GOP Senator Jeff Flake's decision last year not to seek re-election, Democratic Representative Kyrsten Sinema is facing off against GOP Representative Martha McSally.

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