Marsha Blackburn Confirms She Is Considering Run for Bob Corker’s Senate Seat


Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-07) confirmed late Tuesday that she is considering a run for retiring Senator Bob Corker’s (R-TN) United States Senate seat.

That confirmation came “within minutes” of Corker’s stunning announcement that would not run for re-election in 2018, the Hill reported:

Minutes after learning that Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) won’t seek reelection, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) told The Hill on Tuesday she’s considering running for his Senate seat in 2018.

“Yes,” Blackburn said when asked if she’s taking a look at the Senate race.

Blackburn said colleagues told her about Corker’s retirement during votes on the House floor. The Senate Foreign Relations chairman did not give his delegation any advance notice of his decision, lawmakers said.

If Blackburn enters the race, she would likely clear the field of any other conservative challengers for the seat.

An establishment candidate, such as current Governor Bill Haslam, might emerge, but if she announces, Blackburn will become the prohibitive favorite for both the Republican nomination and the general election victory in November.

Blackburn’s statewide appeal was demonstrated in a poll of likely Republican primary voters conducted by The Tennessee Star in early June which showed her in a statistical tie with Senator Corker in a theoretical head-to-head matchup. With Corker out of the race, no one else would appear to have the statewide appeal to come close to Blackburn at present.

With slightly more than ten months until the August 2, 2018 Republican primary in Tennessee, however, many circumstances could change.


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6 Thoughts to “Marsha Blackburn Confirms She Is Considering Run for Bob Corker’s Senate Seat”

  1. Sim

    I supported Joe Carr when he ran and I’d do it again if he runs.

    Politicians have a habit of trying to please “Everybody” and ends up pleasing no one,

    That’s one reason in this “Political Climate”, I prefer an outsider unknown to everyone.

    Seems to me like the more political experience a person has the lest Conservative they become,

    Personally, I’m looking for an outsider who will be a real Renegade when mixed in with the “Establishment”.

  2. Marsha is NeoCon and votes for More Government AND More Spending .


  4. Steve Lowe

    Question: Is she conservative enough? She has made some pretty disparaging comments (Paul Ryan type) about Trump when she could have said nothing at all. Not a plus. We have Haslam and Corker doing that and it infuriates me and other conservatives in this state. How about Andy Ogles? He has declared his interest in running. We need to be very careful who we send to Washington. Draining the Swamp also means not sending up a Corker like replacement.

  5. Jim Forsythe

    Corker turned into a terrible senator. Marsha would be a great choice. She has shown to be a real Conservative, and a strong advocate for Tennessee.

  6. 83ratop50

    I would not consider Congressman Blackburn much of an improvement over Senator Corker. She speaks the typical doublespeak of a Swamp Creature. We need a true conservative to represent Tennessee. Keep her in the House where she can do less harm.