In a stunning development ahead of the 2018 midterms, Republicans are now reportedly begging Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) to “un-retire” after polling indicates Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) would lose to former Democratic Governor Phil Bredesen.
Per Politico, “a faction of Republicans in Tennessee and Washington are worried that the favorite for the Republican Senate nomination, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), could lose a general election — and with it the Republican Senate majority.”
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A Public Opinion Strategies poll has shown that Blackburn, who is closely linked to Trump, trails her Democratic counterpart 47 to 45 in a poll overweighted with Republican voters.
Corker, for his part, has signaled that he is “listening,” but has yet to announce any changes to his decision to retire.
Of course, Corker has been manipulated before. While initially against the Republican tax plan, a real estate break that was found to save him money – dubbed the “Corker Kickback” – was enough to win over the Tennessee Senator as he ultimately voted for the wholly unpopular measure.
Tennessee now becomes the third toss-up state that Democrats could feasibly retake in their impending effort to flip the Senate, along with Nevada and Arizona. Should they flip only two of those three races – and retain their current seats – they will be able to take the Senate.
As a desperate Republican Party is now suffering the consequences of having aligned itself with a despotic, dangerous, and decidedly unfit President, their once safe map is about to look a lot more blue come November.