The 8 Dems Meeting the Trump Admin on Tax Reform, Ranked

By NTK Staff | 11.07.2017 @10:00am
The 8 Dems Meeting the Trump Admin on Tax Reform, Ranked

Eight Senate Democrats are set to meet with White House officials on tax reform on Tuesday, according to a report from The Washington Post. Six of the eight are up for re-election in 2018, in states Donald Trump won, and the other two are members of the influential Senate Finance Committee. Below, we rank the […]

Eight Senate Democrats are set to meet with White House officials on tax reform on Tuesday, according to a report from The Washington Post.

Six of the eight are up for re-election in 2018, in states Donald Trump won, and the other two are members of the influential Senate Finance Committee.

Below, we rank the eight senators by how much they need to support tax reform in order to stay in their constituents’ good graces, and we explain why.

#8: RON WYDEN (D-OR)

Wyden cuts a liberal profile, but as the leading Democrat on the Finance Committee, he could be seen as a key obstacle to tax relief if he opposes the bill.

#7: TOM CARPER (D-DE)

Delaware is a blue state, but Carper is up for re-election in 2018. He’ll be under pressure to produce results for his constituents after six years in the Senate.

#6: SHERROD BROWN (D-OH)

More than two-thirds of Brown’s constituents in Ohio support Trump’s tax plan, according to a September 2017 poll released by Definers Public Affairs and WPA Intelligence. As recently as three weeks ago, Brown left the door open to supporting the plan.

#5: JOE DONNELLY (D-IN)

More than two-thirds of Hoosiers support Trump’s tax plan, according to the same poll cited above. Donnelly is also under pressure to do something to create jobs in Indiana, given the scrutiny on his profits from a company that outsourced Hoosier jobs to Mexico.

#4: CLAIRE McCASKILL (D-MO)

More than 72 percent of Missourians support Trump’s tax plan. McCaskill is considered particularly vulnerable in 2018 and was just named Roll Call‘s most vulnerable Democratic incumbent for the cycle.

#3: HEIDI HEITKAMP (D-ND)

Almost 73 percent of North Dakotans support Trump’s tax plan. Heitkamp, up for re-election next year, joined Trump at a September rally for tax reform, asking at one point if Heitkamp is “listening.”

#2: JON TESTER (D-MT)

Tester is also up for re-election in 2018. Three-quarters (75 percent) of Montanans support Trump’s tax plan.

#1: JOE MANCHIN (D-WV)

Manchin organized the meeting, CNN reported, according to two sources. There’s two simple reasons why: his constituents want tax reform, and he’s up for re-election in 2018.

According to the Definers poll, 77.3 percent of West Virginians support Trump’s tax plan, the highest percentage in any state surveyed.

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