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) ManchinOvernight Defense: Senate bucks Trump with Yemen war vote, resolution calling crown prince 'responsible' for Khashoggi killing | House briefing on Saudi Arabia fails to move needle | Inhofe casts doubt on Space Force Hillicon Valley — Presented by AT&T — New momentum for privacy legislation | YouTube purges spam videos | Apple plans B Austin campus | Iranian hackers targeted Treasury officials | FEC to let lawmakers use campaign funds for cyber Manchin puts hold on FCC nomination over wireless internet fund delay 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 CorkerThe Hill's 12:30 Report – Cohen says Trump knew payments were wrong | GOP in turmoil over Trump shutdown threat | Kyl to resign from Senate at year's end The Hill's Morning Report — Trump maintains his innocence amid mounting controversies Overnight Defense: Senate bucks Trump with Yemen war vote, resolution calling crown prince 'responsible' for Khashoggi killing | House briefing on Saudi Arabia fails to move needle | Inhofe casts doubt on Space Force 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.