McConnell Warns Of 'Scary Prospect' If GOP Loses Senate Control In Midterms

Henrietta Strickland
October 12, 2018

That's the state Trump won by 36 percentage points against Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Far more Democrats say they are focused on health care and Social Security than say the Kavanaugh confirmation will be very important, and for almost three-quarters of partisans, the party of the Congressional candidate matters a lot.

He added that the recent battle over the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh helped bring the importance of keeping control of the Senate into focus for Republican voters who may not have been tuned in previously. "Only one side's leaders are now openly calling for more of it. They want more. And I'm afraid this is only Phase One of the meltdown".

Daisy Thomas, the chairwoman of the Utah Democratic Party, said given the state's political leanings, the poll numbers would normally be much higher but Trump and Kavanaugh's style irritates and turns off more voters who would likely side with them.

Both parties have detected a surge in engagement among GOP and conservative voters since the nation's attention was grabbed by the confirmation battle over Kavanaugh, including allegations of sexual misconduct that he denied. The majority of Democrats align themselves with the pro-choice movement - a woman's right to govern her own body - while most Republicans see themselves as pro-life - that life starts at conception. In the first midterms after Obama was elected - and the first after the passage of Obamacare without a single GOP vote - Democrats got shellacked, losing 63 seats in the House of Representatives, the largest seat change since 1948 and the largest for any midterm election since 1938. Chris Kang, chief counsel for one such group, Demand Justice, accused Democrats of "weakness" in allowing so many nominations to advance and called Thursday's deal "totally unnecessary" and "a bitter pill to swallow so soon after the Kavanaugh fight". "I think the extent to which people view this confirmation proceeding for Kavanaugh as being hijacked by partisan operatives, I think that's going to energize independents and Republicans". Registered voters are better informed, but more than a quarter of them also say they don't know how their Senators voted.

President Donald Trump has all but put himself on the ballot this November, dominating the news with a brutal confirmation fight over a Supreme Court justice, renegotiation of a trade pact with Mexico and Canada and inflammatory comments at rallies and in TV interviews.

For another, although the confirmation hearings drew significant attention, it's far less clear whether the Supreme Court showdown will be enough of a priority to motivate voters who'd otherwise stay home or move the needle in any other way. Republicans have said some received death threats and were stalked at their homes.

He also criticized former Attorney General Eric Holder.

McConnell described demonstrators "literally storming the steps" of the Capitol, and pointedly noted that these activities followed last year's shooting of GOP lawmakers at a morning baseball practice.

"I'm increasingly optimistic that we may hold our majority", McConnell said.

Gunman James Hodgkinson, killed at the scene by officers, was infuriated by Trump's election.

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