Rasmussen Poll: GOP Pulls Even With Dems on Generic Ballot

  • Rasmussen Poll: GOP Pulls Even With Dems on Generic Ballot

Rasmussen Poll: GOP Pulls Even With Dems on Generic Ballot

Republican and Democratic Senate leaders reached a broad deal Thursday to confirm a package of 15 judges that will allow the senators to depart Washington until after Election Day.

There are also some signs that Republican candidates are rallying around positions that are the opposite of their potential future Senate colleagues.

Singled out for opposition were David Porter, who was confirmed as a circuit court judge in Pennsylvania over the objection of that state's Democratic Sen.

The party is defending seats in 10 states that Trump won in 2016, and after a polarizing confirmation fight over Justice Brett Kavanaugh, many of those senators are facing greater enthusiasm among Republican voters.

Senate Democratic leaders defended the decision as an obvious one.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is warning that recent statements and actions by Democrats and liberal writers and protesters are "only Phase One of the meltdown". They haven't seen enough.

Until the rancorous debate over Kavanaugh - he denied accusations by three women of 1980s sexual misconduct - polls suggested that GOP supporters were far less motivated to vote than Democrats, who are ardently opposed to President Donald Trump.

Both parties have detected a surge in engagement among GOP and conservative voters since the nation's attention was grabbed by the confirmation battle over Kavanaugh, including allegations of sexual misconduct that he denied. Then-president Barack Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland, but Republicans used their majority to prevent Garland from even getting a Senate hearing. (Republicans are especially likely to say they are benefiting from an improved economy: 42% say their family is better off financially than they were a year ago, almost double the percentage of independents who say this, and more than three times the percentage of Democrats.) Republicans also cite immigration.

"It's turned our base on fire", McConnell said about the battle, which he's called a political gift.

Polls have put her Republican opponent, Rep. Kevin Cramer, comfortably ahead. She voted Wednesday on a health care bill that was a top priority for Democrats but wasn't around for votes later Wednesday or Thursday on Trump nominees. They want to keep their 401ks...

"I think that for Utah embracing Trump is embracing lying and cheating and incivility and I don't think most Utahns are OK with that", Thomas said. Some Republicans said they received death threats.

Sens. Chuck Grassley and Mitch McConnell disagree on whether the GOP would try to confirm a Supreme Court justice in a presidential election year, something they prevented Democrats from doing in 2016. In Missouri, for instance, Republican Senate candidate, Attorney General Josh Hawley, who is among the group of attorneys general suing to invalidate the Affordable Care Act, ran an advertisement saying he supported forcing insurance companies to include coverage for preexisting conditions.

"Things could tighten up [before the midterm election], I suspect they will tighten up and we'll have another churn over the next one, two, three weeks", Scarborough said on today's airing of Morning Joe.

Gunman James Hodgkinson, killed at the scene by officers, was infuriated by Trump's election.