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 CorkerThe Hill's 12:30 Report – Cohen says Trump knew payments were wrong | GOP in turmoil over Trump shutdown threat | Kyl to resign from Senate at year's end The Hill's Morning Report — Trump maintains his innocence amid mounting controversies Overnight Defense: Senate bucks Trump with Yemen war vote, resolution calling crown prince 'responsible' for Khashoggi killing | House briefing on Saudi Arabia fails to move needle | Inhofe casts doubt on Space Force MORE (R-Tenn.) is donating to Rep. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnOvernight Health Care — Sponsored by Amgen — ObamaCare signups lag behind last year despite recent surge | Drug company offers cheaper opioid overdose treatment after hiking price 600 percent | CDC calls fentanyl deadliest drug in US GOP struggles to win votes for Trump’s B wall demand Incoming GOP congressman says vaccines may cause autism, contradicting CDC 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.