By Alex Roarty and Katie Glueck
McClatchy Washington Bureau
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) “Democrats hope the Republican support of Brett Kavanaugh despite the sexual assault allegations against him will push those women further to the left, enough to offset any sustained gains in Republican enthusiasm.”
The prolonged and contentious fight over Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court has energized Republican voters angry at the new justice’s perceived mistreatment.
But after Kavanaugh’s confirmation Saturday, Democrats are hoping they can rebound ahead of November’s election –– with one particular group of voters leading the way.
No voter bloc will be more closely watched in the coming weeks than that comprising college-educated women, voters who had already become more Democratic since Donald Trump’s election.
Now, Democrats hope the Republican support of Brett Kavanaugh despite the sexual assault allegations against him will push those women further to the left, enough to offset any sustained gains in Republican enthusiasm.
“If there’s a silver line in this Trump horror, it’s our voters understand exactly what the stakes are,” said Paul Maslin, a Democratic pollster. “(Christine Blasey) Ford’s testimony hit a deep vein among women. They’re not going to forget. They’re going to take action.”
It’s not a given that Democratic candidates will get a bump in support from well-educated women after the nearly three-month ordeal of Kavanaugh’s nomination to his confirmation. But the Republicans have suffered the most desertions by such voters.
The defection especially helps Democrats in the House, where the party is already targeting dozens of once-Republican suburban seats in such states as Virginia, North Carolina, Illinois and California.
Democratic strategists say those opportunities have been powered in large part by the anger many white-collar women feel toward the Republicans, and there’s still room for the Democratic Party to win even more support.