H/T The Daily Signal.

It will be interesting to see how these 12 DemocRats vote

Will they opt for party loyalty or job preservation? 

Confirmation votes for Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees could be the first indicator of how Senate Democrats from states that went for Trump prepare for re-election challenges in 2018.

Democrats must defend 25 of the 33 Senate seats that will be up for grabs in midterm elections, including two held by independents who caucus with Democrats.

Of those 25 seats, 10 Democrats face re-election in red states that Trump won, and two more will be up for re-election in Minnesota and Virginia, battleground states Hillary Clinton won by closer-than-expected margins.

 Even though midterm elections typically are bad for the president’s party, the 2018 map has Senate Republicans hopeful of gaining a 60-seat, filibuster-proof supermajority that would allow them to advance Trump’s agenda and judiciary picks more easily. Republicans currently hold 52 seats, after a net loss of two seats Nov. 8.
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President Barack Obama’s party endured two crushing midterm losses in 2010 and 2014. But his two most recent predecessors, George W. Bush in 2002 and Bill Clinton in 1998, saw their parties gain seats in midterm elections.

Need to ‘Balance’ Party With State’s Vote

Most if not all of Trump’s Cabinet nominees are expected to be confirmed by the Republican-controlled Senate. However, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has called for stalling the votes for eight nominees until March.

Schumer  targeted these nominations: Jeff Sessions for attorney general, Rex Tillerson for secretary of state, Steve Mnuchin for treasury secretary, Tom Price for health and human services secretary, Mick Mulvaney for director of the Office of Management and Budget, Betsy DeVos for education secretary, Andy Puzder for labor secretary, and Scott Pruitt for administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Many Democrats likely will oppose outright many if not all eight nominations. But what about the 10 vulnerable senators?

“These 10 Democrats will have to balance their party affiliation with the way their states voted, and a lot of factors will go into those [confirmation] votes,” Nathan Gonzales, editor and publisher of Inside Elections, told The Daily Signal.

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