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Corker 'listening closely' to calls to reconsider retirement

Corker 'listening closely' to calls to reconsider retirement
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Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerSunday Shows Preview: Emmanuel Macron talks ahead of state dinner Pompeo lacks votes for positive vote on panel Democrats mull audacious play to block Pompeo MORE (R-Tenn.) is "listening closely" to constituents urging him to reconsider his decision to retire from the Senate, his office confirmed Tuesday.

“In recent days, people across Tennessee have reached out to Senator Corker with concerns about the outcome of this election because they believe it could determine control of the Senate and the future of our agenda,” spokeswoman Micah Johnson said in a statement to an NBC News journalist.

“The senator has been encouraged to reconsider his decision and is listening closely,” Johnson added.

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The Hill has reached out to Corker's office for comment.

Multiple outlets reported Monday that Corker is reconsidering his decision not to seek reelection this year, with some Republicans worried that the leading candidate to replace him, Rep. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnTrump backs Blackburn's Tennessee Senate bid Corker won’t campaign against Democrat running for Tennessee Senate seat GOP Senate hopefuls race to catch up with Dems MORE (Tenn.), would not be able to win the general election.

In addition to Blackburn, former Rep. Stephen FincherStephen Lee FincherTrump backs Blackburn's Tennessee Senate bid Corker backs Blackburn for Senate seat after retirement tensions PPP poll: Dem leads by 5 points in Tennessee Senate race MORE is seeking the GOP nomination for the November election. 

The leading Democratic candidate for the seat is former Gov. Phil Bredesen. 

Corker announced his retirement last September, and sparred with President TrumpDonald John TrumpFlynn to campaign for Montana GOP Senate candidate Trump considering pardon for boxing legend after call from Sylvester Stallone Decline in EPA enforcement won't keep climate bill from coming MORE in the weeks that followed. He said the president is not a good role model, and would be remembered for “debasing” the nation.

Relations between the two have since cooled.