Analyst: Sen. Bob Corker Could Face Opposition From Trump Supporters In TN

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) - While there has been a lot of attention on the Tennessee Governor's race next year, there will also be a closely watched U.S. Senate race. Senator Bob Corker says he's leaning toward another run, but will he face Republican challengers?

Plenty of people connected to Tennessee's Capitol Hill are wondering about the Senator's future plans. 

“If he is going to run for re-election, it’s in his best interests to keep things calm, keep things coy because he has plenty of money, $5-6 million in his account, and $2 or 3 more million in a PAC account,” says Conservative Commentator Steve Gill. 

Gill is affiliated with the Tennessee Star website that recently put out a poll, saying Senator Corker could be in trouble with Republican primary voters.

Others may dispute the findings, but the Senator has long been a potential target of tea-party type Tennessee voters who are overwhelmingly in the President Trump camp.

"Part of it is some of the anti-Trump stuff that he has said, saying that Donald Trump is 'out of control' his administration is in a downard spiral,” says Gill. “When we polled that question, and what we found in those poll numbers, was that his numbers dropped considerably when people hear him say negative things about Donald Trump.”

And Tennessee voters from the capitol and beyond went for Donald Trump. 

Middle Tennessee Congressional member Marsha Blackburn recently told WKRN she would not challenge the Senator and intends to focus on her re-election. 

Other names sometimes mentioned as potential Republican challengers to Senator Corker include State Senator Mark Green and even Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett

As for Democrats, Nashville attorney James Mackler is raising money for a run for the Senate seat.
 


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