Kavanaugh isn’t helping Republicans one bit in Middle America

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Remember when then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, in a fit of pique, asked Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar if she had ever blacked out from binge drinking?

“You’re asking about blackout, I don’t know, have you?” Kavanaugh clapped back at Klobuchar’s characteristically mild line of questioning about whether his memory had ever failed him following a night of heavy drinking.

“Could you answer the question, Judge?” she responded, with typically stoic affect.

But Kavanaugh couldn’t let it go. “I’m curious if you have,” he repeated.

Yeah, see, Midwesterners don’t like that type of snarky sniveling response, especially from someone who would soon be sitting in judgment of others on the highest court in the land.

Here’s how much they didn’t like it, from the latest NBC News/Marist poll released Friday, asking respondents if they were more likely to support a candidate who opposed Kavanaugh’s nomination or one who supported it.

Minnesota

  • Opposed the Kavanaugh nomination: 48 percent
  • Supported the Kavanaugh nomination: 30 percent

Kavanaugh didn’t fare particularly well in Wisconsin either, with 42 percent more likely to support a candidate who opposed vs. 33 percent one who supported—9 points underwater. He was also underwater in Nevada but by a slimmer margin: 41 percent for one who opposed, 38 percent for one who supported.

None of that is helping Republican candidates with independents in those states, writes NBC:

What’s more, independent voters in all three states break for the candidate opposing Kavanaugh — 36 percent to 32 percent in Nevada; 47 percent to 22 percent in Minnesota; and 41 percent to 28 percent in Wisconsin.

The poll was taken Sept. 30-Oct. 4, so after the Dr. Ford-Kavanaugh hearing on September 27 but before Kavanaugh was confirmed.

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