Joe Manchin

Democrats Make a Play for West Virginia Congressional Seats

Podcast: A Supreme Campaign Issue
Roll Call Decoder, Episode 14

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., left, and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh meet in McConnell's office in the Capitol on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, the day after President Donald Trump nominated Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/POOL)

For six Democratic senators in rough fights for re-election in Trump states, the coming vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation will be a career-defining moment that cuts both ways. Roll Call political analyst Nathan Gonzales and his Inside Elections colleague Leah Askarinam explain the dynamics of each campaign. 

Watch: Trump Nominates Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

How The Senate Immigration Debate Stalled

3 Congressional Campaign Stories You Might Have Missed This Week
Week of Jan. 22, 2018

Shutdown Hooey, Buying a Car and the Musical Stylings of Sen. Orrin G. Hatch: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Jan. 22, 2018 (plus shutdown weekend of Jan. 20 and 21)

The Democrat Who Hugged the President
Trump and Sen. Joe Manchin share an interlocked fate

West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin III has embraced the idea of working with President Donald Trump, a smart strategy given the Mountain State’s strong support for Trump in last year’s election. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Most Democrats fled after President Donald Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress last week. But Sen. Joe Manchin III instead approached him — and leaned in for a hug.

The gesture only lasted a few seconds. But it speaks volumes about the symbiotic relationship that has emerged between the West Virginia Democrat and the Republican president in recent months.

Trump’s Cabinet Picks Unexpectedly Putting Senate GOP in Bind
President-elect just nominated a potential Republican Senate candidate

Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke has been offered the post of Interior secretary in the incoming Trump administration, according to a source familiar with the offer. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Republicans had hoped that Donald Trump’s Cabinet selections could give them a leg up in the 2018 midterm races.

So far, things aren’t going to plan. 

Reid: Manchin ’Obviously Running’ for Trump Cabinet Post
Manchin is meeting with president-elect on Monday

Reid is retiring. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Departing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Sen. Joe Manchin III is clearly angling for a position in president-elect Donald Trump’s administration.

Manchin is meeting with Trump on Monday, and Reid said the West Virginia Democrat is looking for a job in the Cabinet.