Top Republicans say the controversy over Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court has sparked a surge in GOP voter enthusiasm, Axios is reporting.
"The Kavanaugh debate has dropped a political grenade into the middle of an electorate that had been largely locked in Democrats' favor for the past six months," said Josh Holmes, former top aide to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
"Private polling shows the enthusiasm shift is ... unmistakable in the red states that will determine control of the Senate."
And a Fox News poll, released Wednesday, showed Republicans are making gains in top Senate races, fueled by an increased interest among GOP voters and support for President Donald Trump.
According to the survey, compared to early September, the number of Republicans feeling "extremely" interested in the upcoming election is up by 2 points in Arizona, 9 points in Indiana, 8 points in both Missouri and North Dakota, and 11 points in Tennessee.
And House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said party polling reveals the fight over Kavanaugh has also awakened GOP voters in some key House districts, Axios noted.
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