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Red State Democrats face tough choice with Trump Supreme Court Pick

Red State Democrats

Red State Democrats face a tough choice over President Trump’s supreme court pick. They can either vote for the pick that will be popular with Trump supporters in their states and send their liberal supporters into orbit. Or they can vote against the pick and most likely lose re-election and kiss goodbye the already slim chance they will retake Congress.

Indiana’s Joe Donnelly, West Virginia’s Joe Manchin and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota all face tough mid-term battles in Red States that support President Trump. They have been able to keep their seats by deceiving voters saying they support the values of their states. But after each election they go back to supporting the left’s liberal agenda or straight up obstruction. The supreme court vote will put them on record and either demoralize their base or take away their re-election hopes.

President Trump is pushing hard for Republican challengers and rallying against the Red State Democrats.

“You deserve a senator who doesn’t just talk like he’s from Montana,” Mr. Trump said Thursday night during a combative stop in Great Falls, Mont., as he blasted Jon Tester, the conservative state’s two-term Democrat. “You deserve a senator who actually votes like he’s from Montana.”

Much of the attention has been focused on Ms. Heitkamp, Mr. Manchin and Mr. Donnelly because they broke with their party last year and backed Neil M. Gorsuch, Mr. Trump’s first nominee to the court, showing their willingness to get behind the president’s choices. Mr. Trump racked up huge margins in their states and still draws enthusiastic crowds.

But other Democratic incumbents need to be wary as well, including Senator Bill Nelson, the Florida Democrat who is in a difficult re-election fight with Rick Scott, the Republican governor. Mr. Nelson will need the support of Republican and independent voters to prevail, but also that of Democratic voters in Florida’s urban centers.

Red State Democrats will have to reveal their true identity with the Trump selection for the Supreme Court. Joe Donnelly has been able to keep the Indiana Senate seat by securing his liberal base and fooling the moderate voters of his state. He cannot do both with a position on Trump’s more than likely conservative Supreme Court pick.

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