Former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen rolled to victory as expected in the three-candidate race for the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination on Thursday – and tied a party record in doing so. Bredesen won 91.5 percent of the vote against perennial candidate Gary Davis (running in his sixth consecutive primary for the office) and attorney John Wolfe. That ties three-term incumbent Kenneth McKellar’s mark in 1940 for the largest support for a Tennessee Democratic U.S. Senate nominee in a contested primary out of 35 such contests. Bredesen set a new state party mark with his 86.2-point primary win over Davis. [McKellar won by 85.7 points over former state senator, attorney, and perennial candidate John Randolph Neal]. Democratic nominees have run unopposed for the office five times: Congressman Al Gore in 1984 and 1990, Senator Jim Sasser in 1988 and 1994, and Congressman Jim Cooper in 1994’s special.