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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

NYT White House Correspondent Says There’s ‘No Question’ Republican Enthusiasm Is Surging Since Kavanaugh Confirmation Win

New York Times White House correspondent Julie Hirschfeld Davis said there is “no question” Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s contentious confirmation fight has energized the Republican base, ahead of the November midterms.

“It’s a double-edged sword,” Davis said Monday on CNN’s “Inside Politics.”
“While we may not have the actual evidence in some of these individual races yet, there’s no question that Republican officials have been buoyed by the fact that they are seeing, in more sort of generic looks at the electorate and the registered voters, that the intensity has gone up among Republicans,” she continued.

Davis said the GOP’s confidence of keeping the Senate has increased after winning the Kavanaugh fight, but claimed there will be a backlash among suburban women.
“They needed a shot in the arm to get their base out, to keep the Senate and I think they’re more confident now that they will have that,” she added.

Davis concluded:
“But there’s also no question that there is a counterbalance and that is that if you are talking to these suburban women, even if you’re just talking to independents of any kind who have been watching this debate play out, there may be something to the fact that they were sort of put off by the debate and the tone of the debate over Kavanaugh. But if all of the sudden you’re lumping all sexual assault survivors — Democrats who opposed really relevant questions to a Supreme Court nominee about his past behavior, as a mob perpetrating a hoax you’re going to turn a lot of people off. And those are the people that you need in addition to the base in order to keep Republicans in control of the House.”
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