Time is of the Essence for SCOTUS and the Midterms

Time is of the Essence for SCOTUS and the Midterms

Timing…..will there be another nominee or confirmation to the SCOTUS before the midterms?

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With midterms just around the corner, the Supreme Court of the United States nominee will have a major impact on voters during this election. It looks like it is going to be a showdown, as both parties are highly motivated by the importance of the nominee.

When Anthony Kennedy announced his resignation from the Supreme Court, Republicans took it as an opportunity to replace him with someone who could help the strengthen the GOP’s voter base. Brett Kavanaugh was seen as a strong GOP asset, but things took a turn as he became publicly entangled in controversy over sexual assault allegations.

The debate surrounding Brett Kavanagh, only further motivated the Democrats to vote in this year’s midterms election by the fight over the high court’s next member, according to Politico.

In a new Pew Research Center survey released, more than four-in-five voters who say they intend to support Democratic candidates, 81 percent of them, say the Supreme Court appointments are very important to their vote in this year’s upcoming election. That’s a greater percentage to the 72 percent of GOP-supporting voters who classify the Supreme Court as very important to their vote, based on the same survey.

This represents a new pattern compared to 2016, when the voters told exit pollsters that Supreme Court nominations were the most important factor in their vote, with 56 percent voting for Trump vs the 41 percent who voted for Hillary Clinton.

What the New Pew Polls also show, is the enthusiasm at the highest level for midterms in more than two decades. The excitement signifies it may be a good year for Democrats, as the they have a 10-point lead over their GOP in the generic ballad. Two-thirds of voters who say they will support Democratic candidates, 67 percent, also say they are more enthusiastic about voting than usual, Politico reports.

That’s nearly double the 36 percent of Democratic voters who said they were more enthusiastic about voting than they were back in 2014, when Republican won control of the Senate and expanded their House majority.

Let’s not count out the Republican party just yet. The survey also shows that Republicans are more energized than they were in 2014, too. Of the voters who intend to support GOP candidates, 59 percent of them are more enthusiastic than they were back in 2014. That is a jump up from the 52 percent in last year’s midterm, and slightly higher than the 57 percent measured right before the 2010 Republican wave election, based on the survey.

The New Pew Survey, along with multiple sources of other data, also suggest the push of enthusiasm amongst the upcoming midterms, is also in part as a response to Trump. Three-in-five voters, 60 percent, say their midterm choice is about Trump, but more say they are voting to oppose Trump (37 percent) than support him (23 percent), according to Politico.

The Pew Research Center Poll was conducted September 18-24, surveying 1,439 registered voters. The margin of error is plus or minus 3 percentage points, the article reports. Anything can change from now until election time. With Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination still up for debate, the outcome can have an impact on the upcoming midterms.

If Kavanaugh is not confirmed by Nov. 6 and Democrats win back the Senate, then there will most likely be a frenzied Republican effort to confirm him or some other Trump SCOTUS, in a so-called “lame-duck session.” There still would be time, in terms of confirming Kavanaugh, who was nominated in July. However, if we are talking about stating over with a new candidate, just before or immediately after the midterms, the timing can be very tight to make it happen.

If the 116th Congress is not sworn in by early next January, all bets are off, given that Supreme Court nominations do not “roll over” between Congresses. If Republicans still control the Senate and Anthony Kennedy’s seat still has not be filled, the President can re-nominate Kavanaugh or start the process all over again with a new candidate. If Democrats control the senate, then we are talking about a whole new ballgame that will take place.

Timing is of the essence, and given that Kavanaugh is entangled in accusations, timing is everything. It will be interesting to see if Kavanaugh gets sworn in before the midterms, and just how the midterms will play out. Read the full story on Politico here.

Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!

Timing…..will there be another nominee or confirmation to the SCOTUS before the midterms?

28% Will rush one in
72% Not a chance
28% Will rush one in
72% Not a chance
30% Will rush one in
70% Not a chance

Will rush one in

Not a chance

Time is of the Essence for SCOTUS and the Midterms

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