it could [drive off] Democrats believed to be needed for approval

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Irelia20150604

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the following context comes from Congress Races Toward Holiday Under Pressure to Deliver Spending Bill:


An added complication is a major tax bill that other members of Congress are negotiating. Democrats have become increasingly unhappy about the size and shape of the tax bill. If congressional leaders decide to combine the two huge measures for one big year-end vote, it could drive off Democrats believed to be needed for approval.
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I don't quite understand "it could drive off Democrats believed to be needed for approval" here. I understand it as "it could disgust Democrats believed to be needed to approve the tax bill". Is it correct?
 
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