Prior to Sunday, Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch had the support of all 52 Republican members of the Senate as well as two Democrats — Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND).
On Sunday afternoon, another red state Democrat publicly announced that he’d support Gorsuch’s nomination, moving the 49-year-old judge one step closer to avoiding a potential Democratic-led filibuster in the Senate.
In a statement, Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) pointed out that after meeting with Gorsuch and reviewing his record, he felt the judge was a “qualified jurist who will base his decisions on his understanding of the law and is well-respected among his peers.”
The Indiana lawmaker further noted that he was still “deeply disappointed” by the way Merrick Garland was treated by the Senate. He also explained that he still believes the Senate should “keep the current 60-vote threshold for Supreme Court nominees,” even though he will not support a filibuster.
According to Politico, there are currently 36 Democrats who have stated they will not vote for Gorsuch.