(USA Today) One source of the GOP angst is a new poll conducted by Glen Bolger of Public Opinion Strategies, a prominent Republican pollster, that shows Bredesen, a moderate Democrat and former two-term governor, beating Blackburn 47 percent to 45 percent. That means the race is statistically a dead heat.
More troublesome for Blackburn, the same poll, which was obtained by USA TODAY, asked voters whether they would back a generic Republican or a generic Democrat in a congressional race this year. The generic Republican was favored by a 10-point margin. For his part, Bredesen said Tuesday he’s running regardless of whether Corker gets back into the race.
The Corker speculation "changes nothing," said Bredesen spokeswoman Alyssa Hansen. Bredesen entered the race in December, just three months after Corker’s announcement that he planned to retire when his current term is up.
"Governor Bredesen got in this race to be a true advocate for the people of Tennessee in the Senate, not to run against anyone," Hansen said in a statement. "As he travels to all corners of the state, the governor's case for bringing Congress back to basics is clearly resonating with Tennessee voters."
...“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,” Corker spokeswoman Micah Johnson said on Tuesday. “The senator has been encouraged to reconsider his decision and is listening closely.” Read more.