With President Donald Trump’s administration ramping up a crackdown on sanctuary cities, a new wave of Republican senators are up for reelection in 2018.
Here are some of the top names who could be up for re-election in 2018, based on recent polling.
• Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky: He’s one of the most conservative members of the Senate, but he’s also a vocal defender of the border wall and opposes sanctuary cities.
“I will continue to stand up for border security and border security for all of our neighbors in the United States and across our globe,” McConnell said in April.
• Sen. John Barrasso, Wyoming: Barrasso is up for a third term in 2018 and is considered the most moderate Republican on Capitol Hill.
He’s also the leader of the Republican Study Committee, the powerful group that sets the party’s policy priorities.
Barrasso said last month that he’s open to discussing the wall with President Trump.
• Senate Majority Leader Mitch Daniels, Indiana: Daniels is up in 2018 for his third term as a lawmaker and he has a long history of defending border security.
Daniels said last week that he believes the president’s request to build a wall on the southern border “is a legitimate proposal.”
“I am open to having conversations with the president,” Daniels said.
• Rep. Mike Pompeo, Kansas: He is one of two members of Congress from Kansas who is a Republican.
He has made border security a central issue in his career, and he’s opposed to sanctuary cities and sanctuary states.
Pompeo is currently running for a Senate seat in Kansas.
• Democrat Cory Booker, New Jersey: Booker, the youngest member of Congress, is up next in 2018 after serving two terms in the House.
He recently said that he is open to discussions with the White House.
• Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth, Illinois: Duckworth is one the Democrats in the Senate and a member of the Democratic Caucus, the group that helps elect senators.
She’s up next.
The Illinois Democrat is up against Republican Rep. Tammy Cook, who is also up for her fourth term in the Illinois Senate.
Sen. Claire McCaskill, Missouri: McCaskills race is a close race.
She has a history of supporting border security, including a proposal to expand the CBP’s authority to help enforce federal immigration laws.
McCaskils district includes some of Missouri’s most impoverished communities.
McCaffields office did not respond to requests for comment.