BREAKING: North Dakota Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp Will Vote No On Education Secretary Nominee Betsy DeVos. UPDATED

North Dakota Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat up for reelection in 2018 in a state Donald Trump carried, announces she will vote no on his nominee to lead to the US Department of Education, Betsy DeVos.

As product of a good public school education & seeing its endless benefits in ND, I cannot support Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education.

She also cited the feedback of ND voters in helping to make her decision.

1,400 NDans shared their thoughts with me on DeVos. 95% of feedback opposed Betsy DeVos for Sec. of Education¬† – here’s what they said:


Based on our previous estimates that brings the current whip count to 51 Yes- 45 No- 3 Unknown (Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions has not voted on Trump administration nominees while he awaits a confirmation vote to be Attorney General).

The remaining unknowns are Nelson (D-FL), Shaheen (D-NH), and Warner (D-VA).

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, And Pensions Committee is scheduled to vote on DeVoss’ nomination tomorrow morning.


Here’s the latest full map of predicted DeVos votes: