CIA Director Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump heads to California Pence says US is 'locked and loaded' to defend allies US-Iran next moves — Déjà vu of Obama administration mistakes? MORE is officially short of the votes needed to clear the Senate Foreign Relations Committee next week.

Sen. Chris CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsGrassley: Kavanaugh classmate didn't contact Senate panel Democratic senator: Attacks on Saudi oil refineries 'may call for military action against Iran' Senator asked FBI to follow up on new information about Kavanaugh last year MORE (D-Del.) said Friday that “after careful consideration” he will oppose Pompeo’s nomination to lead the State Department.

ADVERTISEMENT

“I remain concerned that Director Pompeo will not challenge the President in critical moments,” he said in a statement.

“On vital decisions facing our country, Director Pompeo seems less concerned with rule of law and partnership with our allies and more inclined to emphasize unilateral action and the use of force,” he added.

With GOP Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulRand Paul: Almost every mass shooter 'is sending off signals' Liz Cheney says world is more stable, 'safer' under Trump Sunday shows preview: Democratic candidates make the rounds after debate MORE (Ky.) opposed to the nomination, Trump’s pick needed to pick up at least one Democrat to be able to win over a majority of the Foreign Relations Committee.

Coons was the only Democrat left on the panel who hadn’t announced his opposition. He warned as recently as Thursday that he was leaning against supporting Pompeo, who he had previously opposed to be CIA director.The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is scheduled to vote on Pompeo’s nomination Monday evening.

Pompeo could still win confirmation on the Senate floor, as Sen. Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampThe Hill's Morning Report — Biden steadies in third debate as top tier remains the same Trump wins 60 percent approval in rural areas of key states Pence to push new NAFTA deal in visit to Iowa MORE (D-N.D.) has announced her support and other centrist Democrats may also back him.

But with Paul and other panel Democrats opposed to him, he will be unable to be reported out of the Foreign Relations panel with a favorable report unless something changes.

Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerTrump announces, endorses ambassador to Japan's Tennessee Senate bid Meet the key Senate player in GOP fight over Saudi Arabia Trump says he's 'very happy' some GOP senators have 'gone on to greener pastures' MORE (R-Tenn.) could try to move Pompeo’s nomination to the floor with an unfavorable recommendation.

Democrats on the committee have yet to tip their hand about if they will allow Pompeo’s nomination to move to the floor with an unfavorable recommendation or if they will try to kill his prospects in the committee.

If they don’t help move him to the floor, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHillary Clinton: Voter suppression has led to 'crisis in democracy' in the US New York Times authors blame Kavanaugh correction on editing error: 'There was zero intent to mislead' The Hill's Morning Report - What is Trump's next move on Iran? MORE (R-Ky.) could try to discharge Pompeo’s nomination from committee, which could ultimately require 60 votes.

Liberal senators are urging their party to try to block Pompeo’s nomination by filibustering the discharge petition.

But Senate Democratic leadership could be wary of using the hardball tactics with more controversial nomination fights looming, including deputy CIA director Gina Haspel’s nomination to lead the spy agency.

It would also force red and purple state Democrats up for reelection in states Trump won in 2016 to decide if they will block a nominee that otherwise appears to have the votes to be confirmed by the Senate.

Heitkamp was one of 15 Democrats, including Independent Sen. Angus KingAngus Stanley KingOvernight Defense: Dems grill Trump Army, Air Force picks | House chair subpoenas Trump Afghanistan negotiator | Trump officials release military aid to Ukraine Democrats grill Army, Air Force nominees on military funding for border wall Bipartisan panel to issue recommendations for defending US against cyberattacks early next year MORE (I-Maine), who supported Pompeo’s nomination last year to be CIA director. Seven remain on the fence: Joe Donnelly (Ind.), Maggie Hassan (N.H.), Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Minority Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.), Mark Warner (Va.) and King.

GOP Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeFlake donates to Democratic sheriff being challenged by Arpaio in Arizona The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says US-China trade talks to resume, hails potential trade with Japan, UK Joe Arpaio to run for Maricopa County sheriff in 2020  MORE (Ariz.) has also said that he’s undecided on Pompeo’s nomination as he tries to get more information. Flake previously supported Pompeo to be CIA director.