Former Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-TN-08) announced late Friday afternoon that he is withdrawing from the race for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in Tennessee.
Fincher’s withdrawal leaves Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-07) as the only viable candidate in the GOP race, unless Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) decides to change his mind and reverse his decision not to run for renomination.
A recent poll by the Senate Conservatives Fund showed that Blackburn handily beats Corker should he enter the race by a 49 percent to 26 percent margin.
In his statement of withdrawal, Fincher encouraged Corker to get in the race.
“The party must get behind a candidate that can win in November and stop Democrat Phil Bredesen, who would be a rubber stamp for the Chuck Schumer liberal agenda,” he said in a statement.
“For that reason, I believe Senator Bob Corker should continue to serve in the U.S. Senate, and stand with the President to fight for Tennessee families,” Fincher added in the statement.
“My campaign has always been about what’s best for Tennessee. Tennessee families need a strong conservative voice in the senate, someone who will stand with President Trump and lead the Republican Party forward,” Fincher concluded in the statement.
Earlier in the day, prior to Fincher’s announcement, WKRN in Nashville interviewed Corker about his future plans, and filed this report:
In one of his first trips back to Tennessee since word swirled this month in Washington that he might change his mind about retirement, Sen. Bob Corker had some very short words about what could become a huge story nationally and in his home state.
“Nothing has changed at present,” Corker told News 2 when he was asked about “un-retiring.”