A couple of potential contenders rethinking their decisions not to run are just part of a landscape of unsettled Republican Senate fields with less than three weeks until the first primaries.
Sen. Bob Corker is deliberating over whether to seek reelection in Tennessee four months after announcing his second term would be his last, a move that would create a combative intraparty contest with Rep. Marsha Blackburn. And Rep. Kevin Cramer appears on the verge of challenging Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota just a month after declaring he was taking a pass.
Those added to a mix highlighted by the silence of Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who is not expected to announce his intentions against Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson for another month—though all signs point to a run.
Meanwhile, competitive primaries in Indiana, Montana, Ohio, West Virginia, and Wisconsin cloud five of the party’s pickup opportunities. GOP nomination fights are also playing out as Democratic Reps. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Jacky Rosen of Nevada prep for the general elections in their party’s top targets.
— Kyle Trygstad