US Midterms 2018 - Donald Trump | A Divided America

Alicia Farmer
October 12, 2018

There are also some signs that Republican candidates are rallying around positions that are the opposite of their potential future Senate colleagues.

"From the very first minute Brett Kavanaugh was nominated, radical Democrats were on a mission to resist, delay, demolish and destroy - they wanted to destroy that man", Trump said. "Only one side's leaders are now openly calling for more of it".

Fresh off the long and tumultuous confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was prepared to force Democrats' hands and keep them in Washington for weeks to confirm 15 judges sitting in limbo. "They want more. And I'm afraid this is only Phase One of the meltdown".

It's not unusual for Republicans and Democrats alike to sharpen their rhetoric as elections approach in hopes of drawing loyal voters to the polls.

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. (Republicans are especially likely to say they are benefiting from an improved economy: 42% say their family is better off financially than they were a year ago, almost double the percentage of independents who say this, and more than three times the percentage of Democrats.) Republicans also cite immigration.

"The Kavanaugh hearings had a dramatically positive effect for Republicans", Tyler said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks after the Republican policy luncheon on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, in Washington.

"It's turned our base on fire", McConnell said about the battle, which he's called a political gift.

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"People have to still get out and vote", president Trump urged. "I think you're going to see a lot of things happen on November 6 that would not have happened before", Trump said Monday as he departed for an event in Florida.

The Democratic candidate 45 percent. Registered voters are better informed, but more than a quarter of them also say they don't know how their Senators voted.

If Democrats win control of the Senate in November, they could bring the rush of confirmations to an abrupt halt, much as McConnell did when Republicans won control of the Senate for the last two years of Obama's presidency. Thirty-eight percent opposed the now-associate justice whose hearings were marred by allegations of sexual misconduct by three women and whose confirmation came with the lowest margin in modern Senate history.

Jason Perry, the head of the Hinckley Institute, based at the University of Utah, said Trump continues to see consistent numbers out of Utah surveys but that they're not as good as other Republican presidents have seen.

McConnell noted that these activities followed last year's shooting of GOP lawmakers at a morning baseball practice by "a politically crazed gunman".

And Perry notes that voters ahead of the 2016 election said the Supreme Court was one of the major reasons they were voting for the presidential candidate of their choice.

James Hodgkinson, who was killed at the scene by officers, was infuriated by President Donald Trump's election, his widow has said.

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