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impeachment round 2

GOP senators who voted to convict Trump face varying degrees of backlash at home

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) has already been censured by the Louisiana GOP for his vote to convict former President Donald Trump in his impeachment trial Saturday, keeping with a trend across the country, in which Republicans breaking with Trump have faced backlash at home. It appears the Nebraska Republican Party may take the same route with Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.).

Meanwhile, two other senators who joined Cassidy and Sasse in voting to convict — Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) — faced rebukes from the Republican parties in their home state, but so far, it seems, the parties are stopping short of voting to censure.

The Utah GOP's executive director Laurel Price told Forbes the party doesn't have a statement on Sen. Mitt Romney's (R-Utah) vote to convict, adding "I'm not certain about a censure effort just yet."

Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) round out the group of seven GOP lawmakers who voted guilty. There's been no word from their state parties as of yet, but Murkowski is up for re-election in 2022, making her the first of the seven (Burr and Toomey are retiring) to face the ballot box test. Read more about the backlash the seven senators are facing at The Guardian.