Axios’ Jonathan Swan: ‘The Kavanaugh Effect’ On Midterm Election Enthusiasm ‘Does Appear To Be Real’

(Fox News 10/17/2018)

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Axios’ Jonathan Swan said that it appears as though the allegations against Justice Brett Kavanaugh have invigorated the Republican base as the midterm elections approach during his appearance on “Special Report With Bret Baier” on Wednesday evening.


“I think a few things are becoming clear since the Kavanaugh fight. One is the Kavanaugh bump does appear to be real. And the two models are diverging. So you know, if you take any forecast, any reputable forecaster’s Senate model, it’s getting better for Republicans. It not only looks like they are going to hold the Senate, but maybe increase the majority,” Swan stated. (RELATED: Axios’ Jonathan Swan Points Out MSNBC’s Chris Matthews’ Glaring Omission On Dems And The Supreme Court)

Republican voters were in a statistical tie with Democrats when it comes to voter enthusiasm regarding the midterm elections, according to a NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll from the beginning of the month.

“House still looks like Dems may flip but there’s a second tier of House races that are more red and they’re doing better because basically if you’re a Senate state which is red or you’re a House seat which is red, Republicans have awoken as a result of the Kavanaugh hearings,” he continued. “So, it’s a changing picture. And as you say, it could change more. But Republicans have reason to be slightly more optimistic.”

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