By NPR. Just over a month away from critical elections across the country, the wide Democratic enthusiasm advantage that has defined the 2018 campaign up to this point has disappeared, according to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll.
In July, there was a 10-point gap between the number of Democrats and Republicans saying the November elections were “very important.” Now, that is down to 2 points, a statistical tie.
Democrats’ advantage on which party’s candidate they are more likely to support has also been cut in half since last month. Democrats still retain a 6-point edge on that question, but it was 12 points after a Marist poll conducted in mid-September.
The results come amid the pitched and hotly partisan confirmation battle over Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Multiple women have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct when he was in high school and college. He categorically denies all the allegations. The FBI is conducting a supplemental investigation into the accusations that is expected to be wrapped up by the end of this week. (Read more from “Poll: Amid Kavanaugh Confirmation Battle, Democratic Enthusiasm Edge Evaporates” HERE)
Senators to Review FBI Report on Allegations Against Brett Kavanaugh
By ABC News. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, speaking on the Senate floor at almost 10 p.m. Wednesday night, announced that senators will review the new FBI report into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s background Thursday, including allegations made against the judge by Christine Blasey Ford.
McConnell filed a motion that will kick off the process towards a final vote.
McConnell filed cloture on the nomination, which is a motion to bring debate to a close. The senate will hold a cloture vote on Friday, and if it passes, it’s likely the senate will hold a final vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation sometime Saturday.
NEW: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Senate will receive tonight the results of the FBI’s supplemental background investigation of Brett Kavanaugh, files procedural motion to advance nomination. https://t.co/upleYWja6d pic.twitter.com/DjxvzWNf0V
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(Read more from “Senators to Review FBI Report on Allegations Against Brett Kavanaugh” HERE)