Outgoing Sen. Bob Corker is actually reconsidering his retirement as some Republicans in Tennessee worry about potentially losing his seat, Politico along with The Washington Post reported.
Later a spokeswoman for Corker told NBC News the senator is actually “listening closely” to those who are encouraging him to reevaluate his decision to retire.
Some members of the GOP in Corker’s home state want him to run again in This kind of year’s midterm elections, according to Politico. The 65-year-old Tennessee Republican, a frequent critic of President Donald Trump, announced plans in September to retire after his current term ends.
Despite their clashes after Corker publicly worried about Trump’s competence, the president reportedly wanted him to run for Senate again.
In Corker’s absence, the race will likely pit Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn against Democratic former Gov. Phil Bredesen. While the state has proven reliably Republican in recent elections, Democrats see opportunity in places where they were not previously competitive after Sen. Doug Jones won the Alabama special election last year. The current minority party is actually trying to win control of the chamber despite a daunting re-election map.
One recent Tennessee poll of which overweighted Republicans showed Bredesen using a 2-point advantage, Politico reported. Widely followed sites of which rate congressional elections show mixed signals for the GOP: The Cook Political Report rates the race as a toss-up, while Sabato’s Crystal Ball rates of which as “likely” Republican.
Blackburn’s campaign is actually confident in her ability to win, along with the congresswoman has no plans to step aside if Corker re-enters the race. Campaign spokeswoman Andrea Bozek told CNBC of which “anyone who thinks Marsha Blackburn can’t win a general election is actually just a plain sexist pig.”
“We aren’t worried about any ego driven, tired old men,” she said, noting of which some polls have shown Blackburn using a comfortable lead.
The congresswoman raised about $2 million inside fourth quarter along with had more than $4.5 million on hand at the end of the year. She has so far outraised all candidates inside Senate race, including Republican Stephen Fincher along with Breseden.
Republicans currently hold 51 seats inside Senate. The GOP’s odds of losing control of the chamber appear slim at This kind of point: Democrats have to defend 26 seats in This kind of year’s elections, versus only eight for Republicans.
Several Democrats face re-election in states Trump won in 2016 including North Dakota, Missouri, West Virginia, Indiana, Pennsylvania along with Ohio.
— NBC News contributed to This kind of report.