Corker backs Blackburn for Senate seat after retirement tensions

Corker backs Blackburn for Senate seat after retirement tensions
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Retiring Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerTrump announces, endorses ambassador to Japan's Tennessee Senate bid Meet the key Senate player in GOP fight over Saudi Arabia Trump says he's 'very happy' some GOP senators have 'gone on to greener pastures' MORE (R-Tenn.) is donating to Rep. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnTaylor Swift defends staying out of the 2016 election: 'I just knew I wasn't going to help' The 23 Republicans who opposed Trump-backed budget deal Senate passes sweeping budget deal, sending it to Trump MORE's (R) bid to replace him, weeks after the longtime senator considered changing his mind about retirement and battling Blackburn in a primary fight for his seat. 

Corker announced the reconciliation in a brief message on his political Twitter account. 
 
"Now that the Republican primary has essentially concluded, I am sending a contribution to Representative Marsha Blackburn’s campaign and wish her well in her race for the U.S. Senate," he said. 
Blackburn jumped into the race to replace Corker after he announced his retirement last year. But in early 2018, Corker's office confirmed that he was considering running again after overtures from some Republicans raising concerns about Blackburn's ability to beat former Gov. Phil Bredesen (D) in the general election. 
 
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Blackburn's campaign blasted those who raised concerns about her electability, with spokeswoman Andrea Bozek calling the naysayers "sexist pig[s]." Blackburn warned Corker that she would stay in the race, no matter what he decided. 
 
Corker eventually chose to stick with his original decision to retire at the end of the cycle.