By: Steve Dellar | 10-12-2018 | 2020
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Midterms - North Dakota Signs Remind Voters ‘Heidi Votes No On Kavanaugh’

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Given that the 48-50 vote result on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was known beforehand, one could be left to wonder why North Dakota’s Democratic Senator Ms. Heidi Heitkamp decided to follow along party lines.

Unlike her party companion Mr Joe Manchin who knew that he would never get re-elected by voting against a Trump pick for the Supreme Court at this state of the race, Ms Heitkamp decided to go with her ‘body language’ interpretation of Mr Kavanaugh during the questioning by Democratic senators, as she famously explained on ’60 minutes’ (see hereunder).

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However, by now, rolling averages show Ms. Heitkamp’s in the most danger, by far, of any Trump-state Democrat. Everywhere on fields and front yards, homemade signs stating ‘Heidi votes no on Kavanaugh’ are going up, a troubling sign which could spell disaster for Democrats and guarantee the Republicans keep control of the Senate for the next two years.

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Ms. Heitkamp, who has been knocking on doors, admitted after speaking to prospective voters in the past few days that “the smart political vote would have been to vote for Kavanaugh,” but she claims she would rather focus on trade and tariffs, “not a Supreme Court nomination.”

“We don’t know where the chips are going to fall. But at the end of the day, this was a decision made not based on politics.”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Can Heitkamp Pull Off A Second Upset In North Dakota? <a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; oneFive38 (@oneFive38) <a href="">October 12, 2018</a></blockquote>

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However, in the current political climate, the Democratic Senator admits “that’s the way it just goes,” as voter, aftera voter told her about the polarizing Supreme Court battle as she made her way around the towns, visited in the past week.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">If Republicans win in North Dakota, Democrats would have to win three of four races in Texas, Nevada, Tennessee and Arizona (plus protect everyone else) to take back Senate <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; POLITICO (@politico) <a href="">October 11, 2018</a></blockquote>

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As Republicans know, not only did they deliver a conservative majority on the Supreme Court but they at the same time galvanized conservative-leaning voters in a Midterm campaign that previously had been dominated by a surge in Democratic enthusiasm.

GOP Senate leader Mr. Mitch McConnell explained afterward: “They stupidly handed us the best issue they possibly could going into the fall election. And it totally underscores the importance of keeping a Republican Senate.”

“There is nothing that unifies all stripes of Republicans more than a court fight.”

As Politico analyzed it just yesterday: ‘if she loses, Democrats can all but kiss their hopes of winning the Senate goodbye.’


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