The 'Kavanaugh effect' on midterms
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - We are now exactly one month out from midterm elections and both sides seem increasingly fired up. The newest reason: the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the U. S. Supreme Court.
Will it change how men and women traditionally vote?
President Trump certainly believes so as he hits the road Monday to Iowa among a handful of other stops this week.
"The women, I feel were in many ways stronger than the men in his favor. So you have a lot of women that are extremely happy,” he suggested while talking to the media over the weekend aboard Air Force One.
Whether that’s accurate or just the opposite, it raises the question: will it have an affect on the ballot box? And if so, who turns out in reaction to the epic amount of controversy?
Clearly, Republicans are hoping it helps them where they’ve traditionally had a gender deficit.
"I'm proud that all four of my newly hired law clerks at the Supreme Court are women," Justice Kavanaugh remarked at his ceremonial swearing-in. To many, it was another pointed remark in regards to his defense against allegations, but vote watchers noted it is also a message Republicans think might resonate.
They know there are challenges.
In fact, over the last three midterms women voters have outnumbered men in the millions each time and with those women generally voting more democrat, than Republican.
Three days after confirmation, Kavanaugh protesters are still outside the Supreme Court and chanting, “This isn’t over!”
“I don’t know how people are going to react to it. I think given our divides, it’ll pretty much fall predictably," guessed former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. "But the president has been true to form he has insulted attacked demeaned women.”
While it’s difficult to know just yet how it may drive both men and women voters, each side has exactly four weeks now during which they plan to capitalize on the Kavanaugh saga.
Some claim it’s already showing.
“I can see it just from traveling around the country in the last few days," said Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis. "Traveling around Wisconsin...the Republican base is definitely animated after this."