If Manchin or Sinema decided to switch parties, the fallout would be seismic. Such a move would hand the GOP control of the Senate and likely render Biden’s flailing agenda officially dead – but, Davidiuk points out, a swap by either senator likely would also reduce their influence. If they were to caucus with the Republicans, for instance, Sinema could risk losing reelection in a state that went from reliably Republican to electing two Democrat senators and Manchin, though he probably would keep his seat in conservative West Virginia, would assuredly lose influence.
And Creel said Biden and other Senate Democrats who are taking a “tough public stance” on the two Democrat holdouts could ultimately work to the politicians’ benefit when they face reelection.
Sinema, in particular, could see an increase of support from Arizona voters who for decades backed another “maverick” senator in John McCain. If she were to jump ship to the GOP, however, Sinema’s fate could be less secure, as Arizona has begun to lean “purple” in recent years.
Still, even if no party switch comes to fruition, strategists say Democrat leaders shouldn’t lull themselves into a false sense of security that Sinema or Manchin will remain fully loyal to the party. Newsmax
Comment: As a Republican Manchin would be re-elected for at least two more terms even if he were dead. pl
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