Manchin says he will vote against DeVos

Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinKavanaugh impeachment push hits Capitol buzz saw Democrats seize Senate floor to protest gun inaction: 'Put up or shut up' Senate Democrats to hold the floor to protest inaction on gun violence MORE (W.Va.) said Wednesday that he will oppose Betsy DeVos's nomination to lead the Department of Education.

Manchin — a Democrat from a red state who is up for reelection in 2018 — said he has "serious concerns" about President Trump's nominee.

"Every child in West Virginia deserves a quality education, and I do not believe that Betsy DeVos is qualified to serve in this role, which is so vital to the future of our state," he said.

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Manchin specifically pointed to DeVos's support for charter schools and the fact that she hasn't worked or attended a public school as key reasons for his opposition.

"The needs facing rural schools in West Virginia are unique, and her lack of exposure to public education is very concerning for me," he added.

DeVos could face a rocky path to confirmation. Republicans have a 52-seat majority, but two Republicans — Sens. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiKavanaugh impeachment push hits Capitol buzz saw McConnell lashes out at Democrats over 'unhinged' criticism of Kavanaugh The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation MORE (Alaska) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump takes 2020 roadshow to New Mexico The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation Congress passes bill to begin scenic byways renaissance MORE (Maine) — have voiced reservations about supporting her nomination.

If Republicans were to defect on the confirmation vote, GOP leadership could need to flip red-state Democrats, like Manchin, to get DeVos confirmed.

Top Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSchumer, Pelosi push Trump to back universal background check bill Sinema says she would back Kennedy in race against Markey Democrats threaten to withhold defense votes over wall MORE (N.Y.), have come out against DeVos, and Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenThe Hill's Morning Report - What is Trump's next move on Iran? The Memo: Times correction gives GOP lifeline in latest Kavanaugh controversy Politicon announces lineup including Comey, Hannity, Priebus MORE (D-Minn.) has predicted that no Democrats would support her.

Manchin said Trump's Education secretary needs to be someone "who has an understanding of the needs of all children, including those with disabilities, and is committed to ensuring they receive a quality education."