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Manchin used Heimlich maneuver on McCaskill during caucus luncheon

Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinMajor unions back Fudge for Agriculture secretary Voters split on eliminating the filibuster: poll OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Barrasso to seek top spot on Energy and Natural Resources Committee | Forest Service finalizes rule weakening environmental review of its projects | Biden to enlist Agriculture, Transportation agencies in climate fight MORE (D-W.Va.) used the Heimlich maneuver on Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillDemocrats must turn around Utah police arrest man driving 130 mph claiming he was going to kill former Missouri senator McCaskill congratulates Hawley on birth of daughter MORE (D-Mo.) at a luncheon with Senate Democrats on Thursday after she started choking, resulting in McCaskill getting a cracked rib. 

The Washington Post reported that McCaskill told attendees at a NAACP dinner in Missouri that she would not be hugging supporters after sustaining the rib injury. 

 

McCaskill's office confirmed the episode to The Hill, and the senator expressed her gratitude for her colleague's actions. 

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“I’m really grateful to Joe — a little bit of a sore rib for a couple of weeks is no big deal," McCaskill said, according to her spokesperson. 

A spokesman for Manchin told The Washington Post that the West Virginia senator gave McCaskill the Heimlich maneuver, which successfully stopped her from choking. 

McCaskill went on to take part in the Senate's final votes on Thursday and participated in a campaign event in her home state of Missouri on Saturday. 

Both senators are facing uphill reelection battles in their deeply red states ahead of November's midterm elections. 

A Monmouth University poll on Wednesday showed Manchin 9 points ahead of his Republican opponent, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey. 

A survey from the Democratic Senate Majority PAC also showed McCaskill leading her opponent, Attorney General Josh Hawley (R), by 6 points.