Pollsters Have Some Devastating News For Senate Democrats

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They were filed originally with Kavanaugh's old court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. That's because the GOP is defending only eight Senate seats in November, only two of which are somewhat close.

While numerous judges were approved with bipartisan support, nearly half were confirmed on mostly party-line votes.

North Dakota Republican Kevin Cramer now leads Democrat Heidi Heitkamp (who recently said she made a decision to vote against Kavanaugh after watching his testimony with the sound off) by 12 points, according to a recent Fox News poll.

The survey produced nearly no good news for Democrats, who earlier this year expected to benefit from historical trends that show the party of first-term presidents nearly always lose congressional seats in the first midterm election after their inauguration. He said many House races have been called wrong and, "I really think the Republicans are very energized, much more so now than two or three weeks ago".

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We believe the most likely outcome for the Senate is no net change, with the second likeliest outcome being that Republicans gain seats. "Maybe", Trump resolved, pointing to a shared interest between Republicans and Democrats in getting an infrastructure deal done. Kondik said many other trends this year favor Democrats, especially in the battle for control of the House of Representatives. Henderson said they all relate to the hearings, not to his conduct as a judge.

Pedersen agrees with Fitzgibbon that the attention on the congressional races will have an impact on turnout, and could be a factor in races like the 47th, which overlaps with the 8th Congressional District race between Republican Dino Rossi and Democrat Kim Schrier and where incumbent Republican state Sen.

Never again can Republicans allow Democrats to disrupt the Senate's obligation to seriously and honestly consider judicial appointments by the president and to endlessly stall these appointments, and never again can the Democrats insist on special treatment and white-glove handling of "the girl". This would be an "extraordinary violation of constitutional and political norms" and is unlikely, but the pressure may "make some of the conservative justices more cautious" on future rulings.

"Elections matter and I would like my colleagues to be able to go home", she said.

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