Despite the increased security, Collins maintained that she's received a positive response from ME people since Saturday's vote, which confirmed Kavanaugh as the country's newest Supreme Court Justice amid allegations that he committed sexual assault decades ago.
Retiring Republican Rep. Lynn Jenkins holds the seat, and Democrats hope to flip it. "The damage done today will be enduring".
Flake initially announced he would vote for Kavanaugh, but requested a week-long delay to allow the FBI to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct made against the 53-year-old judge.
Protests were organized in cities all across the country following Brett Kavanaugh's appointment to the US Supreme Court Saturday, including two here in San Diego on Sunday.
The nomination process has ripped open the scabs on the never-healed wounds of polarisation on the United States body politic exactly a month before the mid-term elections to Congress that can determine the future of Trump's presidency.
Christine Blasey Ford testifies to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, on September 27, 2018. We established the presumption of innocence is so important.
Trump told a raucous rally in Kansas late Saturday that the confirmation marked "a tremendous victory for our nation, our people and our beloved Constitution".
Unpopular overall and a factor for the midterms: Even before the sexual misconduct allegations against him, Kavanaugh had been polling as one of the least popular Supreme Court nominees in recent times However, a recent NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll found that amid the Kavanaugh controversy, the gap in the enthusiasm between Republicans and Democrats for the midterms has closed. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, told Jonathan Karl on ABC's "This Week".
Schumer said Kavanaugh's "partisan screed" showed not only a temperament unfitting for the high court but a lack of objectivity that should make him ineligible to serve.
Both sides claimed that the brutal political battle over Kavanaugh had mobilized and galvanized their supporters.
Among those concerns are women's reproductive rights, the Mueller investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 election and Republican attempts to roll back the Obamacare health programme.
"Judge Kavanaugh was entitled to an up-or-down vote". White House advisers and Republican senators are encouraging him to keep Kavanaugh in the spotlight in the campaign's final weeks. I don't know by whom.
Heitkamp added, "I think that the politically expedient vote here was a "yes" vote".
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Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is openly expressing confidence the confirmation fight has dramatically boosted enthusiasm among his party's base ahead of the November 6 midterm elections.
"I think that's premature", Coons said on NBC News' "Meet the Press". The Kentucky senator added that Senate Republicans "refused to be intimidated by the mob of people who were coming after Republican members".
On ABC's "This Week", Hirono was pressed on whether she might support potential future Democratic efforts to impeach Kavanaugh. That's the only thing I remember, ' " Trump said of Ford, as he impersonated her on stage.