When Sen. Bob Corker (R) made no promised announcement at the end of last week about whether he would seek re-election after previously announcing his retirement, it became relatively clear that he had decided not to re-enter the 2018 campaign. Yesterday, Sen. Corker made the presumed decision official, and he will continue toward political retirement when his current terms ends. With former US Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-Crockett County) withdrawing earlier, US Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Brentwood), at least for the moment, is unopposed for the Republican nomination. Such is an unusual occurrence in an open seat race.
Candidate filing runs through April 5th, so others have time to jump into the race. With polls, however, showing Ms. Blackburn crushing even Sen. Corker in a Republican primary, it appears that the eight-term Congresswoman is fast becoming a consensus GOP candidate. This means she will soon begin active campaigning against the united Democrats’ candidate, former Gov. Phil Bredesen.
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