Bob Corker wins big in re-election to U.S. Senate

Bob Corker wins big in re-election to U.S. Senate

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Sen. Bob Corker greeting supporters in Nashville on Tuesday. Sen. Bob Corker greeting supporters in Nashville on Tuesday.
Mark Clayton was disavowed by his own party for his role in an anti-gay hate group. Mark Clayton was disavowed by his own party for his role in an anti-gay hate group.

By DON DARE
6 News Reporter

NASHVILLE (WATE) - U.S. Sen. Bob Corker celebrated with supporters and campaign staff in Nashville Tuesday night after easily winning his re-election campaign.

The Associate Press projected Tuesday night that Corker would win big over Democratic opponent Mark Clayton. To view the numbers, visit our election website.

The race for Corker was a lot easier this time, especially in contrast with his first race.

In 2006, the people of Tennessee still had to get to know Bob Corker. Millions of dollars were poured into his campaign and his Democratic opponent, Harold Ford, Jr.

Six years ago, Corker won by a whisker. This year, however, he was expected to win by a landslide.

A Middle Tennessee State University poll released last week showed Corker beating Clayton 59% to 21%.

Clayton was disavowed by his own party for his role in an anti-gay hate group.

Corker has campaigned on his record and his service in the U.S. Senate, where he sits on the powerful Foreign Relations Committee and Banking Committee.  

In the last six years, the junior senator from Tennessee has also made a name for himself keeping strong Democratic opponents on the sideline.

Six years ago, the Corker-Ford race spent in excess of $35 million. This year, Federal Election Commission figures show Bob Corker has raised $11.5 million and has more than $6 million on hand.

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