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 CorkerPress: How 'Nervous Nancy' trumped Trump Press: How 'Nervous Nancy' trumped Trump Amash gets standing ovation at first town hall after calling for Trump's impeachment 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 BlackburnDemocrats detail new strategy to pressure McConnell on election security bills Democrats detail new strategy to pressure McConnell on election security bills Election security bills face GOP buzzsaw MORE (Tenn.), would not be able to win the general election.

In addition to Blackburn, former Rep. Stephen FincherStephen Lee FincherLamar Alexander's exit marks end of an era in evolving Tennessee Tensions on immigration erupt in the House GOP Trump backs Blackburn's Tennessee Senate bid 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 TrumpGOP senator introduces bill to hold online platforms liable for political bias Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally 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.