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Manchin Has Covid, Highlighting Tight Vote Math for Democrats

  • Party will need 50 votes in Senate to pass drug pricing bill
  • West Virginia senator latest Democrat to test positive
Joe Manchin

Joe Manchin

Photographer: Greg Nash/The Hill/Bloomberg

West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin announced Monday that he has been diagnosed with Covid-19, the latest in a string of Democratic senators to be absent from Washington due to the highly contagious illness. 

Manchin’s diagnosis highlights the challenge Democrats will face in mustering the 50 votes they need to pass a drug price and Obamacare subsidy bill before the start of August recess next week.