Rep. Martha Blackburn, R-Tenn., won't try to oust incumbent Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., who is up for re-election in 2018, opting to run for re-election herself.
"I am running for re-election to the House of Representatives," Blackburn told The Tennessean Tuesday. "That is my focus."
Corker has yet to announce if he is seeking a third term, saying "there will be a time and a place for that" back in April, when asked by the Tennessean. He dismissed rumors of a 2018 gubernatorial bid recently, telling the Johnson City Press that he's "not interested" in running for the seat.
Blackburn may face a challenge from Democrat Justin Kaneuw, former "The Amazing Race" contestant and host of the podcast "Get It. Got It. Good." He filed with the FEC under the committee name "Kanew for Congress," and launched an unfinished campaign website, but told the Nashville Post last week that he hasn't decided if he's running yet.
Corker faces a challenge from Democrat James Mackler, a Nashville-based lawyer and veteran of the Iraq War. The senator's high-profile, he chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and war reportedly considered for President Donald Trump's secretary of state and campaign running mate.
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