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Bob Corker 'listening' to pleas to reconsider Senate race

Simone Pathe, CQ-Roll Call on

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WASHINGTON -- A spokesperson for Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker confirmed Tuesday night the Foreign Relations Committee chairman is "listening" to pleas to reconsider his decision not to seek a third term.

"In recent days, people across Tennessee have reached out to Senator Corker with concerns about the outcome of this election because they believe it could determine control of the Senate and the future of our agenda," spokeswoman Micah Johnson said in a statement.

"The senator has been encouraged to reconsider his decision and is listening closely," Johnson added.

The Republican senator announced last September he would not run for re-election in 2018, and Rep. Marsha Blackburn announced her campaign for the GOP nod in October.

Democrats are excited about the prospects of former Gov. Phil Bredesen making the race competitive.

Blackburn's campaign has blasted reports of Corker reconsidering the race because of doubts about Blackburn's viability.


"Anyone who thinks Marsha Blackburn can't win a general election is just a plain sexist pig," campaign spokeswoman Andrea Bozek said.

"We aren't worried about these ego-driven, tired old men. Marsha has spent her whole life fighting people who told her she wasn't good enough and she will do it again," Bozek said.

Corker ended 2017 with $6.2 million. (He raised $14,000 during the last quarter of the year.)

Blackburn's campaign says it raised $2 million in the last quarter of the year and had $4.62 million at the end of the year.


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