Numbers Still Favor Kavanaugh's Confirmation to Supreme Court

Jan Cross
September 12, 2018

In a statement elaborating on his decision, Warner said the Trump administration had undertaken "unprecedented efforts" to "conceal large portions" of the nominee's record in order to secure confirmation.

Should Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) vote to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, her yet-to-be-determined Democratic opponent in 2020 will receive at least $1 million from angry donors. Many fear that, if confirmed, Kavanaugh would work to overturn the established court case.

The unusual fundraising effort by Maine People's Alliance, Mainers for Accountable Leadership and activist Ady Barkan on the platform Crowdpac had raised more than $1 million by Tuesday - a not insignificant amount for a political race in the small state.

Republicans now hold a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate and only 51 votes are required to confirm Kavanaugh.

Two groups of ME progressives have pledged to donate up to $1.3 million to Collins's next opponent if the ME senator votes to confirm Kavanaugh, Newsmax reported. "For all these reasons, I must vote no on Judge Kavanaugh's nomination".

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Laguens added that ME women "know that Kavanaugh would overturn Roe and chip away at access to safe, legal abortion if given the chance.Senator Collins needs to listen to the women of ME and continue to stand up for their most basic freedoms by opposing Brett Kavanaugh". Collins will make up her mind based on the merits of the nomination.

The Boston Globe said in an editorial yesterday: "Kavanaugh's obvious hostility to abortion rights is alarming". And Kavanaugh is so anti-choice that he even refers to birth control as "abortion-inducing drugs".

The vote tally also looks static among Senate Democrats, who number 49 in the chamber, including two independents who caucus with them. A MetroNews poll, for example, had Manchin ahead by 8%.

But the announcements came from Democrats who signaled skepticism about Kavanaugh when Trump nominated him in July and had been widely assumed to be "no" votes from the start.

All are running for re-election in states Trump won in 2016 and are caught between pressure from within their party to oppose Kavanaugh and a desire not to anger and mobilize conservative voters in their home states ahead of the November elections.

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