Republicans believed the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation fight would boost their chances of keeping Congress.
They believed voter anger at the Democrats’ smear tactics would propel them to victory in November.
And now, shocking new polls show Brett Kavanaugh having an unexpected impact on the midterm election.
The Washington Examiner reports:
The bitter confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, initially believed to be a benefit to Republican Senate candidates, appears now to be a mixed blessing that is helping some Democrats, according to three state polls released Thursday.
The Vox Populi Polling findings in Nevada, Indiana and West Virginia Senate races show the conflicting impact of the Kavanaugh vote which President Trump and top GOP leaders have heralded in their effort to expand Republican control of the Senate.
In the polls, provided to Secrets, it is the Democratic candidates in Indiana and Nevada who are benefiting and in West Virginia, Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin’s decision to cross party lines to back Kavanaugh does not appear to be helping him.
Vox Populi polling shows Indiana Democrat Joe Donnelly holding a ten point lead over Republican businessman Mike Braun.
Their poll found the Democrat base rallied to Donnelly’s side following his “no” vote against Kavanaugh.
In West Virginia, Joe Manchin’s “yes” vote helped boost him to a 6 point lead over West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.
But there are reasons to believe these polls aren’t the final say.
There are still weeks before Election Day.
And other polls show a much closer race.
In addition, the Kavanaugh fight helped Republicans put away races in North Dakota, Tennessee, and Texas which almost guarantee the GOP hangs on to their Senate majority.
The overall trend line on the Kavanaugh fight is positive for Republicans.
And with just under three weeks left until the midterms anything can happen.
We will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.