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Moderates Go Their Own Way on Health Care

Bennet, an appointee, is seeking election next year in a swing state that saw freshman Rep. Betsy Markey (D-Colo.), who sits in the Republican-leaning 4th district, vote against the House bill. Lincoln faces the prospect of a tough re-election in 2010, and one of her moderate Democratic House colleagues, Rep. Mike Ross (Ark.), also voted against the House bill.

Meanwhile, Hagan hails from a state that went narrowly for Obama last year but leans conservative. On Saturday, three House Democrats from North Carolina voted against the House bill. In Virginia, two House Democrats who represent Republican-leaning districts voted “no,” while South Dakota’s lone House Member also voted against the bill.

However, a Senate Democratic leadership aide said these Senators and others in the majority will not be scared into opposing health care reform based on the House votes of some of their home-state Democratic colleagues. The political atmospherics that influence House Members and Senators are significantly different, as are the House and Senate bills, this aide explained.

A spokeswoman for Johnson indicated Monday that her boss is unconcerned by Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin’s (D-S.D.) vote against the House bill. “While we’re still waiting for the final details of the Senate bill to be brought to the floor, Sen. Johnson remains very supportive of the hard work done to date and looks forward to supporting a strong bill in the Senate,” Julianne Fisher, Johnson’s spokeswoman, said.

Johnson handily won a third term just last year.

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