"Sen. Corker remains popular in the state and that popularity has been very stable over the last five or so years," said John G. Geer, political science professor at Vanderbilt University. "He remains the prohibitive favorite to win re-election. In fact, many have wondered if he might run for governor. If he did, he would be the immediate front-runner."
"This would drop down once people realize that a lot of the stereotypes out there are not founded," Mr. Geer said. "But it's a puzzle because we have this big decline in bias in a lot of ways — bias against women is down, as well as bias against Latinos and African-Americans, but the bias against Mormons is still there."