Corker says Democrat is ahead in race to succeed him

Corker says Democrat is ahead in race to succeed him

By Elana Schor (Politico) –

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) offered warm words on Wednesday for the Democrat vying to take his seat, estimating that former Gov. Phil Bredesen is six percentage points ahead of GOP rival Rep. Marsha Blackburn.

After reiterating a vow that he would not campaign against Bredesen, Corker also declared that there’s “no question” the Democrat would “have crossover appeal” in November’s closely watched race to succeed him.

“I think he’s got real appeal,” the retiring Corker said of Bredesen, describing the Democrat as “a friend of mine” and a productive partner for more than two decades.

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