>> Kavanaugh, you're not welcome here!>> The fiery showdown over new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh taking center stage at a Senate debate in Indiana.>> I voted against Judge Kavanaugh.>> When of several states where Kavanaugh's ascent to the high court have a major impact on next month's elections.
>> I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington, where Republicans say the Kavanaugh confirmation battle has given their voters a much needed jolt of energy ahead of the November congressional elections. That could spell trouble for incumbent Democrats like Joe Donnelly, who are up for re-election in conservative states. Their vote against Kavanaugh could come back to haunt them.
Democrats need to pick up two seats to win control of the Senate. That means they almost certainly need red state Democrats like Donnelly to win reelection. He represents a state that Trump carried by wide margins in 2016. In Monday's debate, Republican Mike Braun blasting Joe Donnelly for voting against Kavanaugh.
>> He did it because he takes his marching orders from Chuck Schumer, the same guy that's been running his campaign from afar.>> Donnelly pointed out the times he supported Trump, even though he rejected his pick for the high court.>> Because of concerns about his impartiality and concerns about his judicial temperament.
>> North Dakota Democrat Heidi Heitkamp also voted against Kavanaugh. Trump has been campaigning for her Republican opponent, Kevin Cramer. Polls show him leading Heitkamp by as many as ten percentage points. Then there's Claire McCaskill in Missouri. The Democratic Senator is facing a serious challenge from State Attorney General Josh Hawley, who called McCaskill's vote against Kavanaugh, quote, a betrayal of the people of Missouri.
McCaskill stands by her vote, but not because of sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh.>> My decision was made on the basis of Judge Kavanaugh's stated opinion that it is perfectly fine to have unlimited dark, anonymous money in our elections.>> It's not just Democrats who face voter blowback.
One liberal group has already raised more than $3 million to take on Republican Susan Collins of Maine, who cast the deciding vote to confirm Kavanaugh. But she's not up for reelection until 2020.>> That does nothing to help Democrats who want to win control of the Senate next month, so they can block Trump from appointing more conservative judges like Kavanaugh.