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At-risk Republicans push for swift end to Senate trial

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The pressure to end the debate in the president’s impeachment trial is coming from a closely-watched contingent: Senate Republicans up for re-election in battleground states.

While Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) has said she favors hearing more evidence and witnesses —– which would lengthen the trial — the majority of Republican senators up in 2020 are urging the Senate to wrap it up.

"We've had 17 witnesses, from the House," said Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) in an interview. "We do hear from people back home but they're like, ‘get this over with.’ That's what I'm hearing, is that we really need to wrap this up and get the American people's business done."

"I have two priorities, one is get the president re-elected and keep the majority in the Senate," added Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.).

Meanwhile Sens. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), who are both up for re-election in purple states, released statements Wednesday saying it's time to move on. Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) also reiterated this week that he has “no problem, whatsoever, with voting ‘no’ on witnesses.”

The Senate is expected to hold a contentious vote on witnesses Friday.

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