WHIP COUNT: Expect Pompeo to Receive at Least 56 Votes, Maybe More WHIP COUNT: Expect Pompeo to Receive at Least 56 Votes, Maybe More – NTK Network

WHIP COUNT: Expect Pompeo to Receive at Least 56 Votes, Maybe More

CIA Director Mike Pompeo could receive more 'yes' votes than his predecessor, ex-Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson.

By NTK Staff | 04.26.2018 @9:00am
WHIP COUNT: Expect Pompeo to Receive at Least 56 Votes, Maybe More

Thanks to a tidal wave of last-minute support, CIA Director Mike Pompeo is expected to clear the full U.S. Senate on Thursday on his way to being confirmed secretary of state, with several votes to spare.

Although at one point Pompeo’s confirmation appeared to be in question, NTK Network’s Thursday morning whip count has at least 56 U.S. senator voting in favor of Pompeo.

This includes:

50/51 REPUBLICANS

With dovish Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and occasional Trump contrarian Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) hopping on board the Pompeo train this week, it appears no Republican senator will vote against Pompeo. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is expected to be absent, given he’s being treated for cancer in Arizona.

1/2 INDEPENDENTS

Two U.S. senators – Angus King (I-ME) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) – are political independents but caucus as Democrats. Sanders will not support Pompeo, but King announced on Wednesday that he’ll vote yes.

5/47 DEMOCRATS

A handful of Democrats have committed to supporting Pompeo. NTK Network noted this week that three vulnerable senators up for reelection in 2018 – Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) – will support Pompeo.

Later, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) – also up for reelection in 2018 – and Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) also announced they will vote to confirm Pompeo.

While some Democrats, notably Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), remain undecided, it appears Pompeo is almost guaranteed at least 56 votes on Thursday. That gives him as many votes of approval as his predecessor Rex Tillerson received from the U.S. Senate in 2017.

NOTE: This story was updated to reflect Pompeo’s minimum was expected to be 56 votes, not 57 votes as previously reported.

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