Sen Bob Corker of Tennessee might not re-up for another term…

Republicans want to hold on to their majority in the US Senate…

Corker staying there  would be one seat they wouldn’t have to worry about though Democratic chances in the state should not be good….But internal fighting among GOPer’s could help Democratic candidates next year…

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Republican Sen. Bob Corker said Monday he is unsure about running for re-election, injecting fresh doubts into the GOP’s efforts to tighten its hold on the Senate majority next year.

The Tennessee lawmaker, a sometimes critic of President Donald Trump, expressed his ambivalence in a brief statement, even as he sits on more than $6.5 million in a campaign account.

“While we are in a strong position, I am still contemplating the future and will make a decision at the appropriate time,” Corker said.

He emphasized that “everyone in the Volunteer state knows … running for re-election has never been an automatic for me.”

Corker, 65, chairs the influential Foreign Relations Committee and has been regarded as a shoo-in for a third term. His name surfaced as possible secretary of state in the Trump administration, a job that went to Rex Tillerson.

Corker raised eyebrows last month when he told Tennessee reporters after a town hall meeting that Trump “has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability nor some of the competence that he needs to demonstrate in order to be successful.”….

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Daniel G.
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Rep. Marsha Blackburn expected to announce her Candidacy for TN-SEN today; State Senator Mark Green will run for her House Seat…

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Scott p
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Yeah I’d be surprised if Peyton jumped in.
He might toy with it for awhile like Ditka did.

CG
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He has overwhelming popularity in the state. The field might also contain multiple pro-Trump candidates, splitting the vote.

What is also being talked about now is Peyton Manning, who is very close to Corker, running for the Senate. I would be a bit surprised if he actually wanted to do that.

Scott p
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I don’t know much about Gov. Haslam, I do recall him getting high marks for handling a disaster or two in the state (smoky mountain fires, Nashville floods). However, if what Jack noted is true that he is not too keen on Trump that could definitely hurt him in a GOP primary

Keith
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Nice word salad James, signifying nothing.

My Name Is jack
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Another succinct summary. Yes it’s not Trumps “base,”it’s the Republican Party. James wants to seperate the two.They are inseparable.He is the Leader of that party and as the poll says “shares the vision ” of four fifths of the Republicans in this country. And you’re also right in pointing out that “passing legislation ” has nothing to do with this.Most Republicans now intensely dislike McConnell and Ryan, the two almost clownish figures now,who can’t pass anything. James along with CG desperately want to believe that… Read more »
Keith
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None of what you have written is a justification for saying the GOP is Trump’s adopted Party. Nothing. And we know that you won’t stop partly because you are stubborn, but partly because you think it annoys those of us who, on a regular basis, point out your silly comments. Like, “Bernie Sanders candidacy is good for Hillary.” That was my favorite. I will try again, it isn’t his base, it’s the Republican base, and they love Trump. These people nominated Trump, and the leadership… Read more »
My Name Is jack
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Well, a man who enjoys the support of four fifths of his party and who “share his vision” for their party can pretty much do what he wants.

If this level of support keeps up?Pretty soon Mitch Ryan and the rest of the “leadership ” may be “adopting” the Trump Republican Party.

CG
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The Cubs are probably going to win the division tonight and it sort of feels like any other day. Oh well.

But I am thinking back to April and the jamesb prediction of a Mets’ pennant.

My Name Is jack
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Speaking of Trump, Today he referred to “so called” Republicans (apparently referring to Collins, McCain and Paul,maybe Cruz and Murkowski also) whose non support sunk the Graham Cassidy bill that he supported .Soon I guess he will be reading people out of the party. Trump was also happy that a CNN Poll released yesterday showed that 79% of Republicans share his “vision” for their party while over half are not supportive of the Republican Congressional leadership.With his buddy Steve Bannon and his Breitbart crowd now… Read more »
CG
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The thought also occurs to me that Corker has a lot of money and might actually consider running for President in 2020. He certainly would have nothing to lose at that point.

CG
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Democrats have no bench to speak of whatsoever in TN.

There’s nothing wrong with a politician limiting their own terms. It should happen more often. Corker had been considering running for Governor, but might be too late. He was very critical of Trump a few weeks ago, but Trump recently asked him to run again.

My Name Is jack
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I saw Blackburn on TV once.Wasnt much impressed.

Haslam is a pretty impressive guy, but is an anti Trumper which might work against hm in a Republican primary

My Name Is jack
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I know nothing about Tennessee politics so I can’t say.

Daniel G.
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jack,
Corker said he couldn’t imagine serving more than two Terms.

I think we’re going to get one more female into the Senate. I think Rep. Marsha Blackburn will be the new Senator from TN.

My Name Is jack
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Why not?

My Name Is jack
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What is Daniel now?

A Democrat ,Republican or something else?

Daniel G.
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james,
Tbh, I can’t stand CG.

My Name Is jack
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I’m not particularly surprised by Corkers announcement.

He never seemed to have the fire in the belly and never seemed happy about the way the Senate has been operating.

Probably just said what the hell.

CG
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Actually, I need no help. It’s easy here.

Democratic Socialist Dave
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Democratic Senators from Trump’16 states whose terms expire in Jan. 2019:

Baldwin, Tammy……………….. D. Madison, WI.
Brown, Sherrod……………….. D. Cleveland, OH.
Casey, Robert P., Jr………..…….. D. Scranton, PA.
Donnelly, Joe…………………..………… D. Granger, IN.
Heitkamp, Heidi………………. D. Mandan, ND.
Manchin, Joe III \5\………..……….. D. Fairmont, WV.
McCaskill, Claire…………….. D. Kirkwood, MO.
Nelson, Bill…………………. D. Orlando, FL.
Stabenow, Debbie……………… D. Lansing, MI.
Tester, Jon………………….. D. Big Sandy, MT.

Source: The Congressional Directory (statistical section)

Democratic Socialist Dave
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The 8 GOP Senators whose terms expire in January 2019 (to which I think the remainder of Jeff Sessions’ term in Alabama, ending in Jan. 2021, should be added):

Barrasso, John \1\………….……. R. Casper, WY.
Corker, Bob…………….……….. R. Chattanooga, TN.
Cruz, Ted……………….…………. R. Houston, TX.
Fischer, Deb……………………….…. R. Valentine, NE.
Flake, Jeff…………………………..….. R. Mesa, AZ.
Hatch, Orrin G……………….…….. R. Salt Lake City, UT.
Heller, Dean \4\……………… R. Carson City, NV.
Wicker, Roger F.\7\……………..…… R. Tupelo, MS.

CG
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Scott, has “Nacho Man” now displaced Ken Bone as the most famous man in St. Louis?

CG
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I think the main problem facing Strange in AL, allowing Moore to be in the position, is the fact that he was appointed by the disgraced Governor Bentley, after being alleged to try to stop the investigation into him. If not for that factor, I don’t think Moore would be ahead.

CG
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I don’t have a basement “Larry” !

Daniel G.
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Go into your Illinois Basement hiding, you clown.

Scott p
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If Moore wins tonight I’m sure some real wack a loons will come out to enter Senate primaries.

CG
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I remember back when you wanted Romney to be deported.

Daniel G.
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Orrin Hatch is going to announce his Retirement in the next 3 months as well I suspect and Mitt Romney will waltz into the Senate.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn will easily dispatch Haslem.

CG
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He could easily buy one.

I hope Governor Haslam runs. He is one of the best in the country.

Scott p
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A retirement! Does Mitt have a house in Tennessee?

CG
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What mixed message? He has not said a word publicly about running for office in Utah or anywhere else.

Zreebs
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Mitt continues to send mixed messages – just like he did during his campaign for president in 2012 and his lack of campaign in 2016.

Scott p
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Yeah I expect the NRSC doesn’t have an appetite for defending a seat in Utah. If more polls come out like this I expect Hatch will be pressured to hang it up so Mitt can walk blandly in. Which is what he does best.

Keith
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Wilson is actually someone I have met. Her Dad ran against Hatch years ago when Democrats still won the occasional office in Utah. She has pretty good name recognition from her current job. She cannot win, but could give Hatch a race. I expect Hatch to retire, and it amuses me that Mitt spends his days waiting for either Hatch to leave or die to get his next office. Mitt is the Scott Brown of Utah! In DC this week on an old case from… Read more »
Scott p
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Politicalwire is reporting a poll showing Orrin Hatch would lose in a hypothetical matchup with a Democrat I’ve never heard of named Jenny Wilson.
Now I can’t believe Utah would elect a Dem to the Senate but considering his age this may be the nudge needed to get Hatch to step aside and let Romney run for that seat.