Democrats and Republicans alike say Kavanaugh controversy has energized voters
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Call it the "Kavanaugh bump."
Both Democrats and Republicans are claiming the nasty fight over the new U.S. Supreme Court justice will help them at the polls in November.
Charlene Hampton Holloway has been all over Louisville signing up voters for the NAACP.
“I've seen more young women wanting to register to vote,” she said.
Holloway believes that, by pushing through Brett Kavanaugh, despite accusations of sexual assault, Republicans have energized women to hit the polls.
“Women are hurt, and they feel that they're left out. They feel that their votes don't count, and they're not important,” said Holloway.
The Kentucky Democratic Party agrees. Spokesperson Merisa Mcnee said interest is surging because of the Kavanaugh controversy.
“We have had more people in the door at Democratic Party headquarters picking up signs, asking for bumper stickers, huge uptick on online contributions,” she said.
But Republicans are also claiming a Kavanaugh bump. Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell, who guided the confirmation as Majority Leader, said the aggressive anti-Kavanaugh protests at the Capitol have awakened the GOP base.
“What I think this has done for us is provide the kind of adrenaline shot that we had not been able to figure out how to achieve in any other way,” McConnell said.
Tres Watson, the spokesman for Kentucky GOP, said Republican voters were less enthused about the midterms after winning big in 2016 in both Frankfort and Washington.
But Watson said Kavanaugh changed that.
“I think this has really wakened them up that they need to get out and vote this election because they saw the way the Democrats behaved,” Watson said.
The test for both sides is keeping the fire burning until Nov. 6.
Charlene Hampton said she'll do her part at the NAACP office on Election Day to make sure voters turn out.
“Take phone calls,” she said. “And help make sure people have a ride to the polls.”
Both sides agreed the congressional races at the top of the ballot would likely be most affected by any Kavanaugh bump. But the controversy could also have an impact down the ballot as people vote straight party.
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