Republicans enjoy ‘Brett boost’ after Supreme Court win dents Democrats’ poll surge

09.10.2018 12:51

By Russell Hope, news reporter

Republicans’ hopes in the upcoming US midterm elections have been boosted by Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation as a Supreme Court justice.

A little more than a month away from the critical ballots that could see the party lose control of the House of Representatives, a new poll finds the Democrats’ overall lead has dwindled and they are no longer more enthusiastic about voting than Republicans.

The NewsHour/Marist poll for NPR/PBS found a 10-point lead enjoyed by the Democrats in July has withered to just two points, within the margin of error.

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Republican senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, a vocal supporter of Mr Kavanaugh during his protracted confirmation, says they have their opponents to thank.

"Our base is fired up. We finally discovered the one thing that would fire up the Republican base, and we didn’t think of it. The other side did it," he told reporters after the swearing-in ceremony at the White House.

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Marist director Lee Miringoff, said: "The result of the hearings, at least in the short run, is the Republican base was awakened."

Professor Christine Blasey Ford, who gave evidence to senators that Mr Kavanaugh, then aged 17, sexually assaulted her when she was aged 15 in Maryland in 1982, has been unable to return home because of "unending death threats", according to her lawyer.

At least two other women accused the judge of sexual misconduct when he was in high school and college.

He categorically denies all the allegations.

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