Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell: Kavanaugh fight a ‘wake up call’ ahead of November election How Kavanaugh got the votes Senate set for rare all-night session ahead of Kavanaugh vote MORE (R-Ky.) is hailing Saturday’s anticipated affirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Courtroom as a serious enhance to Senate Republican candidates in subsequent month’s midterm elections.
McConnell instructed The Hill he spoke together with his high political advisers on Friday who stated the bitter battle over Kavanaugh, and what he has referred to as a “shameless smear marketing campaign” by Democrats, has revved up the GOP base in purple states.
“I talked to a few my political advisers yesterday and this has been a shot within the arm for us going into the autumn election as a result of it underscores the significance of the Senate and our position in personnel and naturally crucial personnel selections we make are the courts, and explicit the Supreme Courtroom,” McConnell stated in an interview Saturday.
“Our base is on hearth,” he stated, whereas predicting that anticipated votes towards Kavanaugh by Democratic Sens. Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyMcConnell: Kavanaugh fight a ‘wake up call’ ahead of November election Kavanaugh secures votes needed for Senate confirmation Biden to headline rally for Donnelly in Indiana MORE (Ind.), Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampMcConnell: Kavanaugh fight a ‘wake up call’ ahead of November election Kavanaugh secures votes needed for Senate confirmation The Hill’s 12:30 Report — Presented by Citi — Senate advances Kavanaugh nomination in key vote | Manchin, Murkowski break ranks with their parties | Collins final decision at 3pm MORE (N.D.), Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillHillicon Valley: Seven Russians indicted for hacking | Apple, Amazon servers reportedly compromised by China | Pence calls on Google to end censored search engine work | Ireland investigates Facebook breach Republican PAC releases poll showing Hawley with wide lead over McCaskill GOP sees Kavanaugh as boost for Senate, danger for House MORE (Mo.), and Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterOvernight Health Care — Presented By National Partnership for Women & Families —New Iowa plans can disqualify those with pre-existing conditions | Health groups press Azar over funding for migrant children | Map breaks down opioid deaths by state, county Cook Political Report shifts three Senate races toward Republicans The Hill’s Morning Report — Kavanaugh ordeal thrusts FBI into new political jam MORE (Mont.) will come again to chew them subsequent month when they’re up for reelection in states received by President TrumpDonald John TrumpLawyer: Ford found Trump mocking her testimony ‘very hurtful’ McConnell: Kavanaugh fight a ‘wake up call’ ahead of November election Kagan warns that Supreme Court may not have a swing vote anymore MORE in 2016.
“I’m doubly upbeat after this Supreme Courtroom battle, which has been like a shot of adrenaline in our campaigns,” he stated.
“Solely one of many red-state Democrats voted in a approach that helped them politically and that was Manchin,” he stated. “That is going to be an enormous difficulty over the subsequent 4 weeks.”
McConnell signaled he is feeling good about how the Supreme Courtroom battle has left his occasion coming into the ultimate stretch of the autumn marketing campaign, however he declined to say whether or not it might clinch a Senate GOP majority in 2019 and 2020.
“I by no means say that,” he stated, when requested if he was assured that his majority is protected.
“You’re acquainted with the locations which might be a canine battle: Arizona, Nevada, Montana, North Dakota, Missouri, Indiana, Tennessee, West Virginia and Florida,” he stated, ticking off what he views as essentially the most aggressive Senate races. “They’re all like a knife in an alley.”
A current ballot by Public Opinion Methods, a GOP survey agency, confirmed that voters in West Virginia favored the Senate confirming Kavanaugh by a margin of 58 % to 28 %. The identical agency discovered that voters in North Dakota favored Kavanaugh 56 % to 26 %.