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 CorkerEx-GOP Sen. Corker: Trump primary would be 'good thing for our country' Pollster says Trump unlikely to face 'significant' primary challenge GOP gets used to saying 'no' to Trump 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 BlackburnPro-Trump super PAC hiring new executive director Conservative groups defend tech from GOP crackdown Lawmakers weigh challenges in fighting robocalls 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 TrumpForget the spin: Five unrefuted Mueller Report revelations Lara Trump: Merkel admitting migrants 'one of the worst things that ever happened to Germany' Financial satisfaction hits record high: survey 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.