UPDATED 8:10 PM PT — Mon. July 9, 2018
Four red state Democrats reject an invitation from the White House to attend the Supreme Court announcement.
Senators Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Doug Jones of Alabama, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Joe Donnelly of Indiana were all invited to Monday’s announcement.
Senator Heitkamp released a statement saying she wouldn’t be attending.
Senator Manchin said he also would not be attending, but thanked the president for the invitation.
Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly said he declined the invitation, so he could first meet with the nominee in a setting he could be evaluated.
The three senators are viewed as the Democrats most likely to break ranks and support the nomination.