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Liberal group cuts support for Dems Manchin, Bredesen over Kavanaugh

Liberal group cuts support for Dems Manchin, Bredesen over Kavanaugh
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MoveOn, a progressive outside group, said on Friday that it is cutting support for Democrats in two key Senate races because they are supporting Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. 

"We're cancelling a planned six-figure digital video ad expenditure for Phil Bredesen in Tennessee due to his Kavanaugh position," the group said in a tweet

They added that "similarly [we] will be pulling all planned campaigning on behalf of Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinElection Countdown: Takeaways from heated Florida governor's debate | DNC chief pushes back on 'blue wave' talk | Manchin faces progressive backlash | Trump heads to Houston rally | Obama in Las Vegas | Signs of huge midterm turnout The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by PhRMA — Early ballots pouring in with 15 days to the midterms Manchin wrestles with progressive backlash in West Virginia MORE in West Virginia if he votes yes. Kavanaugh is unfit for the Court."

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Manchin became the only Senate Democrat to say he would vote for Kavanaugh on Friday, calling him a "qualified jurist who will follow the Constitution and determine cases based on the legal findings before him."

Bredesen, who is running for a seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerCongress raises pressure on Saudi Arabia GOP-affiliated voters outperforming Democrats in key states’ early voting: report The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump says he is cutting foreign aid over caravan | Lawmakers point fingers at Saudi crown prince | DNC chair downplays 'blue wave' talk MORE (R-Tenn.), said that the sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh "make it a much closer call" but "I’m still a ‘yes.'" 

The decision by MoveOn comes after Priorities USA Action said it won’t back Democrats who vote or support Kavanaugh, whose nomination was in turmoil amid allegations of sexual assault. 

Priorities hadn’t spent any money to help Bredesen and will now forgo that possibility in the remaining weeks before the midterms. 

Priorities said it would also forgo spending on Manchin's race if he votes for Kavanaugh in a final vote Saturday.