Senate Dems lose health care vote, hope it's campaign fodder

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But Republican Sen. Richard Shelby said that health care may not be as much of a victor as Democrats think, noting that some Senate races have begun trending in the GOP's direction since the Kavanaugh fight.

What's unclear is whether GOP unity is enough to preserve the GOP power in Congress.

The letter from Roberts does not mention Kavanaugh by name.

Nearly immediately after the Senate vote, Democrats felt the chill from faraway North Dakota. Democratic challenger Jacky Rosen continues to hold a strong lead with women, as do most of the Democratic candidates this year.

For Democrats, Indiana has been a fairly bright spot in the Senate, with incumbent Democrat Joe Donnelly holding his own against Republican challenger Mike Braun. According to private polling within the GOP, Heitkamp has been down by double-digits for weeks and this was even before her eventual decision to vote against Kavanaugh's appointment despite her constituents tending to favor his confirmation. Sen.

Senate Judiciary Committee chair Chuck Grassley says that if he's still chairman in 2020, the Senate will not move to fill any potential vacancy on the United States Supreme Court. He received the first three of 15 eventual complaints on September 20, a week before Kavanaugh's angry denial of a sexual assault allegation by Christine Blasey Ford. A recent Fox News poll has Heitkamp trailing her Republican challenger, Rep. Kevin Cramer, by 12 points.

He told The New York Times that #MeToo was a "movement toward victimization" that had caused a backlash.

"This was just basically sending as strong a signal as we could as candidates to the members who are now in to say that we need to take on these issues upon the new Congress coming in", Ms. Slotkin said.

The ethics complaints have still followed Kavanaugh, however, despite the Senate's 50-48 vote to confirm him Saturday after one of the ugliest, most contentious judicial confirmation processes ever.

The House Ways and Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee are the two committees that could request the returns if Democrats take the majority, and discussions are ongoing about how the House Ways and Means Committee would go about obtaining the returns as well as how many returns they would seek.

Then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), who led the campaign to demonize Romney, later justified his lies to CNN: "Romney didn't win, did he?"