Front-runner-free, GOP opens 2016 door to Tennessee senator and governor

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Paul Bedard,Washington Secrets,Republican Party,2016 Elections,Bob Corker,Joe Scarborough,Bill Haslam

The inability of any Republican to keep the lead in 2016 presidential preference polls is teasing potential long shots to consider jumping in.

Secrets, for example, was told that Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker are being urged to consider a bid. And former Florida Rep. Joe Scarborough, host of MSNBC's middle-of-the-road “Morning Joe” political gabfest, is toying with a run. Fans of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence are also pushing his name into the mix.

The reason dark horse politicians are considering a race is simple, according to the University of Virginia’s political “Crystal Ball,” which declared, “this is a completely wide-open field with no one even approaching front-runner status.”

A Corker associate said that the senator’s sometimes maverick style, coupled with his ability to work with others, makes him unique.

And those who prefer Haslam, a former businessman and sports fanatic, note that he has scored major victories in Tennessee, though most have gone unnoticed in Washington.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at