For some members of the House of Representatives, there was more at stake on Wednesday night than the full faith and credit of the U.S. government. Forget global catastrophe — some 2014 Senate hopefuls in the House had early poll numbers and primary challengers to worry about.
It’s hard to imagine that the upcoming Senate election wasn’t on the minds of these representatives as they cast their votes in favor or in protest of raising the debt ceiling. In red states with competitive Senate primary races, House members unsurprisingly pandered to the conservative wing of the party and voted against raising the debt ceiling. In states like West Virginia, where the Republican candidate faces only token opposition, the opposite happened.
Here’s how the aspiring senators voted in the House on Wednesday, and what this might mean for their individual quests to join Cory Booker in the U.S. Senate.