WHIP LIST: How many Dems will back Sessions?
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The question isn't whether Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsAttorney General Barr plays bagpipes at conference Roy Moore trails Republican field in Alabama Trump: Appointing Sessions was my biggest mistake MORE (R-Ala.) will win confirmation. It's how many Democratic votes will he win.

Barring a surprise, Sessions is going to be the nation's next attorney general, as no Republicans are expected to oppose him.

GOP lawmakers are confident that he will be able to easily clear the upper chamber after undergoing a grilling from his colleagues during a hearing that spanned more than 10 hours.

How many votes come from his Democratic colleagues is a bigger question. Here's a look at the key senators who are worth watching.

Republicans opposing Sessions (0):

No Republican senator is expected to vote against Sessions’s attorney general nomination.

Democrats voting for Sessions (1):

SenJoe Manchin (W.Va.): Manchin told Fox News that “Jeff Sessions has my vote. He’s my friend. I’ve built relationships and friendships here.”

Democrats who will not support Sessions (35):

Sen. Tammy BaldwinTammy Suzanne BaldwinSenate Health Committee advances bipartisan package to lower health costs Hillicon Valley: House panel advances election security bill | GOP senator targets YouTube with bill on child exploitation | Hicks told Congress Trump camp felt 'relief' after release of Clinton docs | Commerce blacklists five Chinese tech groups Senate Democrats press regulators over reported tech investigations MORE (Wis.): Baldwin, the first openly gay candidate to be elected to the Senate, said her opposition to Sessions stemmed from a "moral choice" and that she doesn't believe Sessions believes in "our shared responsibility to move our nation forward for all Americans.”

Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand Bennet2020 Democrats spar over socialism ahead of first debate The Hill's 12:30 Report: Anticipation high ahead of first debate Where 2020 Democrats stand in betting markets ahead of first debate MORE (Colo.): Bennet said Sessions "blocked bipartisan efforts to expand voting rights, protect women from harassment and violence, and reform our criminal justice system." The Democratic senator also accused Sessions of using "fear and falsehoods to derail" bipartisan immigration reform efforts in 2013.

SenRichard Blumenthal (Conn.): Blumenthal said that he did not believe Sessions would be “non-political,” adding that he “failed to convince me that he will be a champion of constitutional rights."

SenCory Booker (N.J.): Booker testified against Sessions noting the “ next Attorney General must bring hope and healing to our country, and this demands a more courageous empathy than Senator Sessions’ record demonstrates.”

SenSherrod Brown (Ohio): Brown appeared to be the first Democrat to formally say they will vote against Sessions. He said he has “serious concerns that Senator Sessions’ record on civil rights is at direct odds with the task of promoting justice and equality for all.”

Sen. Maria CantwellMaria Elaine CantwellHillicon Valley: Democratic state AGs sue to block T-Mobile-Sprint merger | House kicks off tech antitrust probe | Maine law shakes up privacy debate | Senators ask McConnell to bring net neutrality to a vote Senators call on McConnell to bring net neutrality rules to a vote Maine shakes up debate with tough internet privacy law MORE (Wash.): Cantwell said in a statement that she has "concerns that as U.S. Attorney General and our country’s chief law enforcement officer, Senator Sessions will not protect Americans’ civil rights."

Sen. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinDemocrats leery of Sanders plan to cancel student loan debt Proposed bipartisan kidney legislation takes on kidney disease epidemic in America Lawmakers raise security concerns about China building NYC subway cars MORE (Md.): Cardin said in a statement that "Sessions seeks to turn back the clock on the values we hold dear and I cannot support this nomination.” 

Sen. Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperHillicon Valley: Investigation finds federal agencies failed to address cyber vulnerabilities | Officials crack down on illegal robocallers | Warren offers plan to secure elections | Senators grill Google exec on 'persuasive technology' Senate investigation finds multiple federal agencies left sensitive data vulnerable to cyberattacks for past decade Senate set to bypass Iran fight amid growing tensions MORE (Del.): Carper said he wouldn't support Sessions, noting that he has a "lifetime voting record that, on balance, is hostile to our country's landmark clean water and clean air laws." 

Sen. Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseyTaking action to stop the sabotage and expand access to health care for Americans Democrats leery of Sanders plan to cancel student loan debt Head of Pennsylvania GOP resigns over alleged explicit texts MORE (Pa.): Casey said he would vote against Sessions, pointing to his positions on voting rights. He added that Sessions's 2015 vote against a non-binding amendment preventing a religious litmus test for immigrants was "offensive." 

Sen. Chris CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsDemocrats want White House hopefuls to cool it on Biden attacks Senators revive effort to create McCain human rights commission Senate Dem to reintroduce bill with new name after 'My Little Pony' confusion MORE (Del.): Coons said on a myriad of issues—including immigration, civil rights and torture—that Sessions has "actively opposed bipartisan efforts to advance justice."

Sen. Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyConservatives spark threat of bloody GOP primaries Anti-corruption group hits Congress for ignoring K Street, Capitol Hill 'revolving door' K Street giants scoop up coveted ex-lawmakers MORE (Ind.): Donnelly said in a statement that he is "unable to support" Sessions, noting he's concerned that the GOP senator "will support recent actions taken by the administration on refugees and visa holders."

SenTammy Duckworth (Ill.): Duckworth, a disabled Iraq War veteran, said “we have a nominee who’s on record speaking up against disability issues.”

Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinDemocratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Negotiators face major obstacles to meeting July border deadline Young activists press for change in 2020 election MORE (Calif.): Feinstein said during a committee vote on Sessions' nomination that "I must vote no."

Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Mexican officials scramble to avoid Trump tariffs The Hill's Morning Report - Tariff battle looms as Trump jabs 'foolish' Senate GOP Barbs start to fly ahead of first Democratic debate MORE (Minn.): Franked said he cannot support an attorney general "who is not fully committed to equal justice for the LGBT community, minorities, immigrants and women." 

Sen. Kamala Harris (Calif.): The freshman senator launched a petition opposing Sessions after his hearing, writing "we need an Attorney General committed to equal rights for all, including women, people of color, and the LGBT community."

Sen. Maggie Hassan (N.H.): Hassan said in a statement that she wasn't confident that Sessions "would put the rights of all Americans before the whims of this President."

Sen. Martin HeinrichMartin Trevor HeinrichOvernight Energy: Democrats ask if EPA chief misled on vehicle emissions | Dem senators want NBC debate focused on climate change | 2020 hopeful John Delaney unveils T climate plan Democratic senators want NBC primary debate to focus on climate change Collins offering bill to boost battery research as GOP pushes energy 'innovation' MORE (N.M.): Heinrich said he did not have "confidence" in Sessions, noting the attorney general position requires "an unwavering commitment to protect Americans' constitutional rights."

SenMazie Hirono (Hawaii): Hirono, a member of the Judiciary Committee, said she is “deeply concerned about how he would use his prosecutorial discretion to uphold voting rights, protect civil rights and protect a woman’s rights to choose.”

Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael Kaine2020 debates complicate Senate plans for vote on Trump's war authority Senate Health Committee advances bipartisan package to lower health costs Senate GOP to defeat proposal requiring approval for Iran attack MORE (Va.): Kaine noted in a statement that while the two worked together on the Armed Services Committee, "I will oppose his nomination."

Sen. Angus KingAngus Stanley KingOvernight Energy: New EPA rule could expand officials weighing in on FOIA requests | Trump plan to strip conservation fund gets bipartisan pushback | Agriculture chief downplays climate concerns Trump plan to strip public land conservation fund gets bipartisan pushback Senator takes spontaneous roadtrip with strangers after canceled flight MORE (I-Vt): King—who caucuses with Democrats—said he could not support Sessions adding "it is never easy to vote against a colleague, and it is not done out of personal dislike or disaffection for him, but out of what I believe is in the best interests of Maine and the nation.”

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharPelosi: Congress will receive election security briefing in July 2020 Dems say they will visit Homestead facility holding migrant children The Hill's 12:30 Report: Anticipation high ahead of first debate MORE (Minn.): Klobuchar told the Star-Tribune that she will not support Sessions, pointing to his positions on the Violence Against Women Act, immigration, voting rights and freedom of the press.

Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahySenate passes .5 billion border bill, setting up fight with House Overnight Defense: Trump says he doesn't need exit strategy with Iran | McConnell open to vote on Iran war authorization | Senate panel advances bill to restrict emergency arms sales Senate panel advances bill to restrict emergency arms sales MORE (Vt.): Leahy told the VT Digger that "there's no way I can support him," adding that Sessions is "supposed to be the chief law enforcement officer, but he talks like he’s going to be Trump’s personal attorney."

Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyHillicon Valley: Investigation finds federal agencies failed to address cyber vulnerabilities | Officials crack down on illegal robocallers | Warren offers plan to secure elections | Senators grill Google exec on 'persuasive technology' YouTube critics urge FTC to crack down on handling of children's videos Senate set to bypass Iran fight amid growing tensions MORE (Mass.): Markey said he will vote against Sessions because he has "no confidence that [Sessions] shares a commitment to justice for all Americans or that he will fight to defend the most vulnerable in our society."

SenCatherine Cortez Masto (Nev.): The Senate’s first Latina senator said that she is “troubled by the controversial and racially insensitive rhetoric Senator Sessions has used in the past, as well as his far-right positions."

Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonDemocrats target Florida Hispanics in 2020 Poll: Six Democrats lead Trump in Florida match-ups How Jim Bridenstine recruited an old enemy to advise NASA MORE (Fla.): Nelson will not support Sessions, the Florida lawmaker's office said.

Sen. Gary Peters (Mich.): Peters said in a statement that the attorney general "is responsible for protecting the civil rights of all Americans, and I do not believe that Senator Sessions’ past positions and comments are consistent with carrying out that duty."

Sen. Jack ReedJohn (Jack) Francis ReedTrump urged to quickly fill Pentagon post amid Iran tensions Overnight Defense: Shanahan exit shocks Washington | Pentagon left rudderless | Lawmakers want answers on Mideast troop deployment | Senate could vote on Saudi arms deal this week | Pompeo says Trump doesn't want war with Iran Shanahan drama shocks Capitol Hill, leaving Pentagon rudderless MORE (R.I.): Reed told a local newspaper that Sessions "has not demonstrated sufficient willingness to push back against President Trump's unconstitutional executive overreach."

Sen. Brian Schatz (Hawaii):Schatz said he is voting against Sessions because he is not a "leader who can fully commit to protecting democracy and civil rights for all Americans, and build on our country’s foundation as a nation of immigrants." 

SenChuck Schumer (N.Y.): Schumer said he is “not confident in Senator Sessions’ ability to be a defender of the rights of all Americans, or to serve as an independent check on the incoming administration.”

Sen. Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenDemocrats want White House hopefuls to cool it on Biden attacks Key endorsements: A who's who in early states Design leaks for Harriet Tubman bill after Mnuchin announces delay MORE (N.H.): Shaheen said she "cannot in good conscience support his nomination. ...It's disturbing that Senator Sessions played a key role in crafting recent executive orders, including the Muslim Ban." 

Sen. Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann Stabenow It's time to let Medicare to negotiate drug prices Trump judicial nominee says he withdrew over 'gross mischaracterizations' of record Trump judicial nominee withdraws amid Republican opposition: report MORE (Mich.): Stabenow said she couldn't support Sessions "because of his record on civil rights and his votes against anti-domestic violence legislation."

Sen. Chris Van Hollen (Md.): The freshman senator is not convinced that Sessions would fight for the rights of all Americans.

Sen. Tom UdallThomas (Tom) Stewart Udall2020 debates complicate Senate plans for vote on Trump's war authority Senate GOP to defeat proposal requiring approval for Iran attack GOP lays debate trap for 2020 Democrats MORE (N.M.): Udall said in a statement that he would not support Sessions, noting the attorney general must be able to "curb the dark impulses and actions of our president, and must ensure that every American has equal justice under the law."

Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerPelosi: Congress will receive election security briefing in July Democrats leery of Sanders plan to cancel student loan debt Pressure builds to secure health care data MORE (Va.): Warner said he thinks Sessions "is not the right person to serve as attorney general." 

Sen. Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseSize of 2020 field too big even for Democratic enthusiasts, poll finds Overnight Defense: House passes T spending package with defense funds | Senate set to vote on blocking Saudi arms sales | UN nominee defends climate change record Trump's UN pick faces Senate grilling MORE (R.I.): Whitehouse said he would vote against Sessions because the attorney general should defend constitutional rights and Sessions's "record casts such serious doubt on whether he can perform that role."

Updated: 8:50 a.m., Feb. 3