FAVORS AND VOTES-
More than half of the Democratic Senators votes cast, who were not up for re-election voted nay, and it would have been higher, if that group didn't include the most right leaning Democrats ,John Breaux and Zell Miller and big time players like Daschle, Schumer and Bayh, who all voted yeah.
Those who were up for immediate (1 month away) election voted 10:4 yeah.
It would be interesting to see how many were in tight races as apposed to those who had stronger chances of winning and compare how they voted.
6 of the 7 Democrats who ran for president voted yeah
"In October 2002, there were 50 Democratic senators and one left-leaning independent. Of them, 29 supported the war resolution, and 22 opposed. At first glance, it seems most Democratic senators backed war.
Now, check a more trustworthy barometer of beliefs — the votes of senators who faced no re-election race a month later and have not run for president. These included 31 Democrats and one independent.
Of them, 17 voted against the war resolution, 15 in favor. Voting no were sober-minded Robert C. Byrd, Kent Conrad and Patrick J. Leahy. Voting yes were near-Republicans — John B. Breaux and Zell Miller — and upwardly mobile Evan Bayh, Tom Daschle and Charles E. Schumer.
That is, among Democratic senators free to vote their consciences, opinion tilted decidedly against war. But of 14 Democrats facing re-election fights that November, 10 voted for the war resolution, only four against.
And here are the numbers that matter most: Of seven Democratic senators who have since run for president, six supported the resolution. Only brave Bob Graham opposed.
Why did Graham alone make the right call? As chairman of the Intelligence Committee, he was perhaps the best informed. He was one of very few senators to read the National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction available to all senators 10 days before the vote. Graham said the 90—page report failed to persuade him that Iraq had WMD.
But the six future presidential candidates who voted yes — Joseph R. Biden Jr., Hillary Rodham Clinton, Christopher J. Dodd, John Edwards, John Kerry and Joseph I. Lieberman — were hardly ill informed. They were among the smartest senators. Their yes votes were striking because these senators rarely played hawk. Kerry and Clinton in particular came of age denouncing the Vietnam War."