A Democratic senator could face a tough reelection fight in 2018, but he has plenty of time to change course after a bruising 2016.
While many of the Senate’s most prominent Democrats have been in office for decades, a handful of them, like Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.
Va.), have been around for decades or longer.
But they are all facing reelection next year and there is a chance that they could end up in a tough spot.
Manchin, who represents a swing district in western Virginia, has made a series of public appearances and publicly defended himself against the allegations.
He’s also faced criticism from Democrats who say his remarks have been used to bolster the Trump campaign.
His Democratic opponent, GOP Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, has called on him to resign.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has been the most vocal Democratic opponent of Manchin and has called him a “serial philanderer.”
But other Democrats have joined him in calling on him not to run for reelection.
In recent days, Democrats have criticized Manchin for not standing up to Trump in his own reelection campaign and for not criticizing President Donald Trump’s administration over the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
They also say that while he’s defended Trump, he hasn’t defended Trump himself.
Trump on Tuesday defended Manchin’s remarks on Fox News.
“He is a strong, principled senator and, in fact, I would call him one of the finest senators in the history of the United States Senate,” Trump said.
“But he should have been a little more forceful.
He should have said he was a hypocrite.”
Trump also said he would not have chosen a senator to run against him if he’d known the accusations against him.
“I’m not running because I’m afraid to run, I’m running because of the allegations that are being made against me,” he said.
Trump added that he is a man of “tough love” and that “if you look at the numbers and the numbers are very, very bad for me.”
But while he defended himself, Manchin is facing a tough re-election battle next year.
Democrats have already been pushing back against the allegation of sexual harassment by Capito.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee sent a letter to Capito last week, calling the accusations “sickening and disqualifying.”
Manchin said in a statement Tuesday that he doesn’t believe he would have run if he knew the accusations would “suck my blood.”
“It is simply unacceptable that these accusations have been made against a member of my staff and that I have been treated with such rudeness and disrespect,” he added.
Capito has also been under fire for her response to the allegations in a New York Times story last month.
“This is the kind of bullying that has destroyed my marriage,” Capito told the Times.
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We will not let this happen again.””
Thank you for the love and support from so many of our friends and family.
We will not let this happen again.”