Another Republican Senate seat is up for grabs. Tennessee’s Bob Corker announced Tuesday that he will not run for re-election.
Democrats are salivating over the opportunity. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is probably starting to worry about 2018. Sen. John McCain, who recently admitted that he had been diagnosed with brain cancer, is also probably serving his last term in the Senate.
Luckily for Tennessee residents, the chances of a liberal being voted in as Corker’s replacement is slim to none. President Trump easily carried the state during the presidential election. McCain’s Arizona seat, however, has a chance of turning blue.
“I… believe the most important public service I have to offer our country could well occur over the next 15 months, and I want to be able to do that as thoughtfully and independently as I did the first 10 years and nine months of my Senate career,” Corker said when he announced his retirement.
Corker’s loss could harm the party. He’s a powerful member of the foreign relations committee and has a lot of influence in Congress. Republicans are struggling to exert their will as it is, they can’t afford to give up any ground to the Democrats.