President Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, was confirmed for the position by the Senate Thursday afternoon. Pompeo will now serve as the 70th secretary of state, replacing Rex Tillerson in the Trump administration.
Altogether, six Democrats and one Independent joined with every Republican senator to confirm Pompeo with a 57- 42 vote.
Senate votes 57-42 to CONFIRM Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State.
7 DEM YES VOTES:
All republicans voted YES.
McCain was the only Senator not voting.
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) April 26, 2018
The Democrats, Sens. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., Doug Jones, D-Ala., Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Bill Nelson, D-Fla., all have one thing in common: They’re from states that Donald Trump won in 2016. Most of them are also up for re-election in November, with the exception of Doug Jones, who may run for re-election in 2020.
The pattern holds for Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, as well. King, who caucuses with the Democrats, is up for re-election this year, and President Trump won his state’s first congressional district in 2016. Maine is one of two states that splits electoral college votes by congressional district.
It looks like these Senate Democrats running for re-election are trying to be careful not to appear too hostile to President Trump’s agenda in states where he won.
Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.
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