Republican Senate candidate Shane Reeves beat his opponent in Tennessee’s District 14 Senate election by a landslide victory Tuesday night, which came as a relief to many Christians and conservatives who feared being under atheist Democrat Gayle Jordan’s anti-Christian leadership.
By late Tuesday night, Reeves secured 13,139 votes (a whopping 72 percent), compared to Jordan’s 5,179 (28 percent), putting to rest the concerns of many Tennesseans – who are overwhelmingly Christian – now that a Christian businessman will take the helm in a Senate seat … instead the openly atheist attorney.
Godly or godless governing?
Reeves was quick to warn his constituents via a campaign mailer – funded by the Tennessean Republican Party – which exposed Jordan’s anti-Christian philosophy on life by using her own words:
“God is such a bad God,” the mailer quotes Jordan, according to The Tennessean. “The sacrifice of Jesus is such a bad concept, and even if it were true, I wouldn’t want to follow it. … Doing my part to destroy the fabric of American society.”
After defeating his challenger by 44 points, Reeves expressed his gratitude to supporters.
"I am humbled and honored to be elected to represent the 14th district as OUR State Senator," Reeves declared in a statement Tuesday night, according to WCMA Action News 5. "I will work hard to be the people’s voice across Rutherford, Bedford, Marshall, Lincoln and Moore counties. I am proud of the campaigns we ran and commend the efforts of my opponents. We had a great team, and I am thankful to those who worked hard to get us across the finish line tonight.”
Even though Reeves lauded Jordan once the ballots were tallied, he was quick to criticize her unbiblical values that run contrary to those held by the predominantly Christian population of Tennessee … beliefs he indicated were hostile to the faith of believers.
"I just feel like her views are radical," Reeves expressed, according to The Tennessean. "They’re out of touch with the district."
But Jordan insisted that despite the fact she does not believe in God and candidly shares her atheistic worldview, her unbelief was not the focus of her special election campaign.
"It's incidental to who I am," Jordan stressed, the Tennessee daily reported.
However, it was also pointed out in via campaign mailers, online ads and social media posts that Jordan is the executive director of a nonprofit organization called Recovering from Religion, which supports and encourages individuals who are doubting their religious beliefs.
Tennessee Lt. Gov. Randy McNally also put his fellow Tennesseans on warning about Jordan.
“In my 40+ years in politics, I've seen few candidates as dangerous as Gayle Jordan,” McNally tweeted on March 2. “We need to strongly reject her assault on faith and our Tennessee values. District 14 needs to send @ReevesforTN to the @tnsenate on March 13!”
Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Scott Golden sent out his own alert on social media.
"[Jordan’s views are] extreme" [and she works to] lead people away from their faith." Golden posted on Facebook.
Reeves made it clear that through the end of his term in 2020, he will fairly represent Tennesseans from every political sphere. He said this after being declared the successor to former Sen. Jim Tracy (R-Tenn.) – who resigned once President Donald Trump appointed him to a federal position.
“Whether Democrat or Republican, conservative or liberal, we must all move forward together to grow our district, bring new jobs, keep taxes low and confront the issues facing Tennessee," Reeves proclaimed, according to WCMA. "My family and I have been overwhelmed and blessed as we have gotten to know so many new friends across our great district. I look forward to getting to work in Nashville to tackle the issues that are important to the 14th district.”
Golden commended Reeves for his accomplishments in numerous political arenas after the conservative’s victory was announced.
"Tonight’s election shows that voters see the results of Tennessee’s Republican leadership – increased economic opportunity, expanded access to education and record low unemployment rates,” Golden impressed, according to the local radio station. “Congratulations to Shane Reeves and his hardworking campaign team. Shane will work to further the Republican record of success in the Tennessee Senate."
On the other end of the political spectrum, Jordan conceded that she was disappointed in being routed by her Christian opponent – after believing that she was going to end up on top.
"We're disappointed in the results, but we couldn't be prouder of the campaign that we ran," Jordan told The Daily News Journal Tuesday at campaign party in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
McNally took the opportunity to reassert the fact that the Republican Party is alive and well in the state of Tennessee.
“[Reeves' win and another Senate GOP victory] prove that any blue wave will hit a big, red seawall in Tennessee," the Republican Senate speaker declared in a statement Tuesday night, according to the Times Free Press.