Liberal groups are mounting a major offensive against President Trump’s Supreme Court pick, hoping to pressure every Democratic senator to vote against whomever the White House nominates to succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy.
With Republicans clinging to a 50-49 voting majority given Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) battle with brain cancer, Democrats also hope to pick off two Republican votes to stall Trump’s nominee.
The biggest targets are Sens. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Susan Collins(Maine), two Republican women who support abortion rights.
But the odds are long.
Murkowski and Collins backed Trump’s last pick for the court, Neil Gorsuch, even though he was seen as a likely vote against abortion rights.
In addition, a handful of Democratic senators — Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Joe Donnelly (Ind.) — also backed Gorsuch and will face enormous pressure to do so again given their reelection races in states easily won by Trump in the last presidential election.
All five swing senators met with Trump at the White House Thursday in a sign of the heavy lobbying to come.