Now as an open seat, observers look to possible Corker successors. A movement is forming to encourage former Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-Crockett County) to become a Senate candidate. The Congressman retired before the 2016 election because of a family illness, a situation that has improved. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Brentwood) already confirms that she is considering entering the newly open statewide campaign. The new development also may encourage Democratic former Gov. Phil Bredesen, the Democrats’ top recruitment prospect, to declare his candidacy. Republicans are favored to hold, but this campaign has suddenly become more interesting.