NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam says he isn't ruling out a run for the U.S. Senate.
Haslam stated he will "spend some time thinking about it and praying about" a potential run to fill the seat Senator Bob Corker will be vacating. On Tuesday of this week, Senator Corker announced he will not seek re-election next year.
Corker's influence looms large in Washington, serving as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee and sitting on three other committees. His term expires at the end of 2018.
If he runs, Haslam could be an instant favorite. A Vanderbilt University poll sampling 1,000 Tennessee voters in May found Haslam is the state's favorite politician. Haslam held a 61% job approval rating, outpacing both Senator Corker and Lamar Alexander's 50% approval rating.