A growing number of Senate Republicans are warning they will oppose Herman Cain for the Federal Reserve Board, leaving President Trump with no room for error if he moves forward with the nomination.
Three GOP senators have told reporters they would not support Cain if Trump formally sends the nomination to the Senate: Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Cory Gardner (Colo.) and Mitt Romney(Utah).
Romney told reporters he could not support naming Cain to the central bank, while a spokeswoman for Murkowski confirmed to The Hill that the moderate GOP senator would oppose his nomination.
“Senator Murkowski said that she would not support his nomination,” a spokeswoman said when asked about Cain.
Gardner, a senator running for reelection in a state won in 2016 by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, also told CNN he would oppose Cain.
“It’s not about his past. It’s about who I think should be on the board,” Gardner said. “So that’s that.”
Spokesmen for Gardner didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.
If all three Republican senators voted no on his nomination, Cain would have to run the board with the rest of the Republican caucus or flip a Democratic senator to be confirmed.
With a 53-seat majority, Republicans could afford to lose only three GOP senators and still confirm one of Trump’s nominees on their own by letting Vice President Pence break a tie.