In this file photo, President Donald Trump holds up an executive order after signing it at the American Farm Bureau Federation annual convention Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn., as, from left, Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., applaud. Mrs. Blackburn, who is running for the U.S. Senate, will welcome Mr. Trump at a Nashville campaign rally on May 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) **FILE**

President Trump[1] is swooping in with a campaign rally in Tennessee to bolster the Senate campaign of Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn[2], who is locked in a tight race against Democrat Phill Bredesen, a former governor.

Mr. Trump[3] will hold the “Make America Great Again” rally May 29 in Nashville, Tennessee, his campaign announced Saturday.

“The President looks forward to being with patriotic Tennesseans once again as he celebrates this booming economy that’s helping families throughout the state thanks to his historic tax cuts and job-creating policies,” said Michael S. Glassner, CEO of Mr. Trump[4]’s reelection campaign.

The rally will be held in Nashville Municipal Auditorium, according to the campaign.

After a string of visits to key states where Republicans are looking to pick up Senate seats in the midterm elections, Mr. Trump[5] is veering to Tennessee to play defense in the fight to keep GOP control of the narrowly-divided upper chamber.

Republicans have held on to Tennessee’s two Senate seats since 1995, but recent polling suggests a tight race this November.

Mrs. Blackburn[6] trailed Mr. Bredesen 46 percent to 43 percent last month in a Mason-Dixon poll. What’s more, a Vanderbilt University poll last week found independent voters had a more positive view of Mr. Bredesen than Mrs. Blackburn[7], and a majority of Republicans also said they have a favorable view of the former governor.

Overall, 67 percent of Tennessee voters had a positive opinion of Mr. Bredesen, compared to 49 percent who said that about Mrs. Blackburn[8].

Mrs. Blackburn[9] has been running as a Trump Republican. A the visit by the president, who has endorsed her, will reinforce that message....

Mr. Trump[10] won Tennessee by a 26-point margin in 2016.

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