Bitter Battle Over Kavanaugh Adds Fuel to Midterm Showdown

Bitter Battle Over Kavanaugh Adds Fuel to Midterm Showdown

Bitter Battle Over Kavanaugh Adds Fuel to Midterm Showdown

But with a handful of endangered Democrats up for re-election this year, they agreed to vote immediately on three Circuit Court judges and 12 District Court judges, who were all successfully confirmed on Thursday, and head home on recess. That's because the GOP is defending only eight Senate seats in November, only two of which are somewhat close.

More significantly, 77 percent of Democrats are now saying that they are "very motivated" to vote, compared to only 68 percent of Republicans - a bad sign considering other recent surveys showing Democrats with a marked lead over Republicans in a number of key districts in the House of Representatives.

North Dakota Republican Kevin Cramer now leads Democrat Heidi Heitkamp (who recently said she chose to vote against Kavanaugh after watching his testimony with the sound off) by 12 points, according to a recent Fox News poll. Many analysts expect a Democratic takeover of the House, but the Senate appears to be different story. Polls show that most of the red state Democrats are in competitive races.

Senate Democrats up for reelection in red states feared they could be kept in Washington while their Republican challengers ran free in their respective states. Twenty-three of the 35 seats up for reelection are now held by Democrats, and President Trump won in 10 of the states where Democrats are defending their seats. McConnell has all the leverage in the fight ― only two of his members are considered vulnerable this cycle, while Democrats count a half-dozen senators, most of whom wanted to go home and defend their seats.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Thursday afternoon that the Senate would vote on the 15 nominees by the end of the evening. When lawmakers return the following week, the nation will know whether Republicans were able to retain their control of both chambers for next year.

"He looks at the numbers and sees that he is doing poorly everywhere but his base, so he decides for his own personal sanity and his own personal kind of ego sense that he says, 'All right, I'll just look at how well I am doing among my base and just talk to my base.' So that is part of the reason he is doing it".

"On numerous Senate races, races that we didn't think we had a chance, we're going to at least do very well and in many cases I think we're going to win", Trump predicted.

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