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Corker reconsidering retirement: reports

Corker reconsidering retirement: reports
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Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerSaudi mystery drives wedge between Trump, GOP Dem Senator: Congress will act on death of Saudi journalist Democrats torch Trump for floating 'rogue killers' to blame for missing journalist MORE (R-Tenn.) is reconsidering his decision to retire from the Senate, according to Monday reports from CNN and Politico.

Republicans are reportedly concerned that Rep. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnDemocrats hold fading odds of winning Senate this November Cornyn: 'All the money in the world' won't help O'Rourke win Texas Gillibrand backs Manchin, Bredesen despite their support of Kavanaugh MORE (Tenn.), the current Republican favorite in Tennessee's Senate race, would not be able to win the general election. 

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CNN reports that Corker has talked with Sens. Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderOvernight Health Care — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Senate blocks Dem measure on short-term health plans | Trump signs bill banning drug price 'gag clauses' | DOJ approves Aetna-CVS merger | Juul ramps up lobbying Trump signs bills banning drug pricing 'gag clauses' Senate defeats measure to overturn Trump expansion of non-ObamaCare plans MORE (R-Tenn.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSaudi mystery drives wedge between Trump, GOP Suspects in journalist's disappearance linked to Saudi crown prince: report Overnight Defense: Trump worries Saudi Arabia treated as 'guilty until proven innocent' | McConnell opens door to sanctions | Joint Chiefs chair to meet Saudi counterpart | Mattis says Trump backs him '100 percent' MORE (R-S.C.), as well as Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGraham: I hope Dems 'get their ass kicked' for conduct around Kavanaugh Saudi mystery drives wedge between Trump, GOP Overnight Defense: Trump worries Saudi Arabia treated as 'guilty until proven innocent' | McConnell opens door to sanctions | Joint Chiefs chair to meet Saudi counterpart | Mattis says Trump backs him '100 percent' MORE (R-Ky.), about the matter. 

It is unclear if Corker initiated the discussions. 

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

Blackburn's campaign spokeswoman told Politico that the congresswoman would not be leaving the race. 

“It’s well past time for the good old boys’ club in Washington, D.C., to quit thinking they know who the best candidate and conservative leader is for Tennessee families,” Andrea Bozek said. 

Corker, who serves as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, announced his retirement in September. 

He has notably clashed with President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's debate showdown Arpaio files libel suit against New York Times IMF's Christine Lagarde delays trip to Middle East MORE on multiple occasions, including in October after Trump tweeted that the senator had "begged" him for his endorsement and that Trump declined. 

Corker fired back, saying the White House has become "an adult day care center" tasked with monitoring and containing the president.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders refused to comment on the reports during her press briefing on Monday.

"We haven't had that conversation about Sen. Corker's plans. As always, I can't weigh in on the specifics of the potential of a race but I would have to talk to the president before making a comment," she said.