The Senate has a special duty to maintain confidence in the executive branch.
The Senate must be an independent check on the president and the Democratic Party.
But with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell leading the fight to defeat President Donald Trump, Democrats may find it increasingly difficult to maintain their majority in the upper chamber.
A number of Democrats are facing recall efforts from their Senate seats, including Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, the Senate minority leader.
He is running for re-election.
Brown, a Democrat, has been one of the most outspoken critics of Trump, who has criticized the senator for failing to back a health care bill he said would have saved Ohioans $200 million.
The White House has criticized Brown for his role in the failure of the health care legislation and accused him of being a “political hack” in his reelection campaign.
Brown’s bid for rebranding is being closely watched in Ohio, a state that voted for Trump in 2016 and is among the most reliably Republican in the country.
He faces a challenging reelection campaign against Democrat Rob Portman, who is the most vulnerable Republican in a state Trump won by a wide margin in 2020.
Democrats are also eyeing Democratic incumbent Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who faces a challenge from the Democratic wing of his party.
He was one of Trump’s biggest political backers in West Virginia.
Manchin, a moderate Republican, has also come under fire for not backing Trump’s health care effort.
Manchins Democratic challenger, former Gov.
Jim Justice, is seeking a second term in the Senate.
He has faced questions about his ties to the Trump administration, including his ties with former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, who was Trump’s chief strategist during the presidential campaign.