By Julian Pecquet - 11/07/12 01:49 AM EST
With 16 percent of polls reporting, Corker was ahead of Mark Clayton 64 percent to 31 percent. Clayton, a part-time floor installer, has been nationally lampooned as 2012's “worst candidate” because he lacked a campaign headquarters and had raised just $278 by the end of last month.
Corker is seen as a moderate on foreign policy issues who has raised concerns about U.S. intervention in Syria championed by Republican hawks while refusing to endorse a number of international treaties the Obama administration has been pushing for. He hasn't built the same rapport with committee chairman John KerryJohn KerryTime for Action on Bahrain When wise men attack: Why Gates is wrong about Clinton, Libya Internal memo: Refugee program vulnerable to fraud MORE (D-Mass.) that Lugar did over three decades, however, possibly auguring an era of decreased bipartisanship on the panel.