Montana Sen. Jon Tester, a Democrat who, like Manchin, is also facing reelection in a state that voted for Trump, said he was unsure whether Gorsuch could get the necessary 60 votes. But Tester also kept the door open to supporting the nominee.
“I haven’t done my due diligence yet,” he said.
Tester acknowledged that his constituents back home are split on Gorsuch. “There’s certain people that want me to vote yes and certain people want me to vote no,” he told reporters on Capitol Hill. “So you know, we’ll do our due diligence.”
Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia echoed Tester’s comments, saying “it’s way too early” to declare whether he’ll vote for Gorsuch or not. “I want to do my own due diligence,” he said.
“We’re getting some [calls from constituents],” he said. “But more for [Trump’s nominee for education secretary, Betsy] DeVos and obviously there’s a huge concern for the refugee issue.”