Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam (R) says he's considering running to replace Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn) when Corker retires in 2018, according to The Hill.
Indeed, Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) announced on Tuesday that he won't be running for reelection in 2018. This makes him the first senator to announce his retirement plans ahead of next year's election. It is expected to create a scramble among Republicans in the state to find somebody to succeed him.
Corker's surprise retirement announcement shocked lawmakers and media reporters on Tuesday. While the senator remarked this month that he might decide not to run, most still expected him to seek another term. But Corker wasn't guaranteed to win reelection. Many conservatives, including Breitbart News chief and former White House strategist Steve Bannon, had been looking to fund a primary challenger against Corker.
"After much thought, consideration and family discussion over the past year, Elizabeth and I have decided that I will leave the United States Senate when my term expires at the end of 2018," said Corker.
With Governor Haslam announcing that he might run to replace Bob Corker in the Senate, a heavyweight name might be added to what could be a crowded Republican primary. Apparently, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn) has already reached out to Haslam to encourage him to run.
"It merits some time thinking about it and praying about it, which I'll do over the next several days," Haslam said, according to The Hill.
"Quite frankly I was hoping and expecting Bob to run ... So I have not spent a whole lot of time thinking about it and being in the United States Senate is not something that I've long dreamed about or thought about."
It remains to be seen what will happen. With Corker's surprise retirement, the Senate race is left wide open. And with Governor Haslam announcing that he might run to replace Corker in the Senate, things are shaking up throughout the entire state.
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