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Roberts refers complaints about Kavanaugh to federal judges in Colorado

12 October 2018

After the Senate's vote to confirm the controversial nominee, Democratic voters have grown more enthusiastic about midterm voting than Republicans, a Politico/Morning Consult poll released Wednesday found.

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

US Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh being sworn in on 8 October.

Over a dozen complaints - some from Democratic partisan groups - about statements Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh made during his confirmation hearings were referred to federal judges in Colorado by Chief Justice John Roberts Wednesday.

Senate Democratic leaders defended the decision as an obvious one.

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The Kavanaugh confirmation has blown open the midterm elections from being a national referendum on Trump's stewardship to a raw emotional discussion over the lack of women in power and how to handle sexual misconduct allegations. As of Sunday, 77 percent of Democrats say they are "very motivated" to vote this fall, while 68 percent of Republicans said the same, the Politico/Morning Consult poll showed.

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

"The Kavanaugh hearings had a dramatically positive effect for Republicans", Tyler said.

Nearly a decade ago, Democrats also assailed the Tea Party, grassroots conservatives who rallied against President Barack Obama's health care law and who angrily shouted down lawmakers at town hall meetings.

"Honest to God, I would answer that question, but I'm going to let you guys do that assessment", he said.

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When they return in mid-November, both chambers must settle a long-standing dispute over funding that Trump wants for a wall along the Southwestern border and other border security provisions. That's apparently fine by most voters ― just 26 percent said they wanted to see candidates spending more time talking about the court, compared to the 47 percent who said they wanted to hear more about health care. One man in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, told a lawmaker that God will "judge you and the rest of your damned cronies on the Hill", while a Boston woman demanded to know, "Why do you continue to support a Nazi policy?" Republicans have said some received death threats and were stalked at their homes. President Trump said during his presidential campaign that he would only appoint pro-life judges to the court.

For another, although the confirmation hearings drew significant attention, it's far less clear whether the Supreme Court showdown will be enough of a priority to motivate voters who'd otherwise stay home or move the needle in any other way. And he pointedly noted that these activities followed last year's shooting of GOP lawmakers at a morning baseball practice by "a politically crazed gunman".

James Hodgkinson, who was killed at the scene by officers, was infuriated by President Donald Trump's election, his widow has said.

"I hope that our supporters understand that, but we need to be focusing on is the outcome of the 2018 elections", she said adding that if Democrats control the Senate next year they will be able to block Trump's nominees they oppose.

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Roberts refers complaints about Kavanaugh to federal judges in Colorado