Corker visits Blount

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One of Bob Corker’s stops in his last five days of campaigning was in Blount County, where he greeted well-wishers on the steps of the Blount County Courthouse on Thursday, Nov. 2.

On Tuesday, Corker was elected the new U.S. Senator from Tennessee, beating his Democrat challenger Harold Ford Jr. in a tight race.

On Nov. 2, Corker told the crowd that the momentum in the election had swung his way. The former Chattanooga mayor on Nov. 2 credited poise and maturity as factors in his leading his Democratic opponent Harold Ford Jr. in the polls leading up to the election.

Corker charted when he felt the momentum swing in his favor. "About three-and-a-half weeks ago, we felt the momentum change. Thirteen days ago we felt it start to move. I really do believe if we get voters out, we’ll win this race," he said.

Corker said he thought his opponent was a pleasant man, and he enjoyed talking with him about their differences. "I especially enjoyed seeing him in the parking lot of the Memphis Airport," he said of the incident when Ford approached him in a parking lot and tried to force a debate with him as Corker was going to a press conference.

Corker said that the video footage of Ford confronting him as he walked to a press conference at the Memphis airport was telling of Ford’s character. "What people saw in that was a tremendous difference in demeanor," he said.

Corker’s wife, Elizabeth, accompanied him and talked about being from Sevier County and said "without a shadow of doubt" that her husband should be the next senator from Tennessee. "I can without a shadow of doubt tell you, if you give him your vote and trust, he will make you proud, take your voice to Washington and you will not regret it," Elizabeth Corker
said.

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