Trump to campaign in Tennessee to thwart Democrats’ Senate bid

WASHINGTON (AP) — Preparing for midterm elections, President Donald Trump is seeking to build a stable of Republicans who will help promote his agenda and serve as a check on Democrats aiming to win majorities in Congress.

Trump is traveling to Nashville, Tennessee, on Tuesday to raise campaign cash for the party’s leading Senate hopeful in the state, Republican congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, and headline a rally.

Blackburn is expected to face Democratic former Gov. Phil Bredesen in a contest to replace Republican Sen. Bob Corker, who is retiring.

The Tennessee campaign is among several races crucial to Trump’s plans to maintain control of the Senate, where Republicans are defending a narrow two-seat majority.