In the aftermath of the shocking confirmation of now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Democrats are licking wounds, but also preparing for electoral warfare.
The 2018 midterms are next month, and Democrats are counting on women, minorities, and progressive Whites to turn up en masse at the polls–and oust Reoublicans from their grip on the House and Senate.
Democrats are banking that anger and frustration over the way Republicans ignored the testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford–who said Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a house party in 1982–and went all-in to make sure Kavanaugh was confirmed, will be the catalyst to drive more Democratic voters to the voting booth.
Some analysts say Republicans could see a mass exodus of suburban White female voters, who often vote Republican, who could next month instead turn to Democrats in 2018 as a result of the Kavanaugh ordeal.
Noteworthy: Black women voters are increasing in their voting numbers, and last year played the most critical role in electing Doug Jones to the Senate in Alabama.
Democrats expect increased numbers of Black women to cast ballots for Democrats in 2018 as well.
Polls have shown a majority of Americans opposed Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Polls also show a majority of Americans now prefer Democratic candidates over Republican ones in upcoming Congressional races.
Voting is Tuesday, November 6, 2018, but mail-in voting is already underway. All 435 seats in the House Of Representatives are on the ballot, along with half of the U.S. Senate seats. In Florida, Democrat Bill Nelson is defending his seat from Republican Governor Rick Scott, a close ally of President Trump. Nelson voted against Kavanugh’s confirmation.
Also in Florida, Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum, who has proposed a $15 minimum wage in the state, is seeking to become the state’s first African-American Governor. He faces Republican Ron DeSantis, who made headlines for making what many perceived to be a racist comment about monkeys in reference to voting for Gillum.
Florida and Georgia voters also have the opportunity to vote for Democrats and candidates of color in a number of races, including for Florida Attorney General. Sean Shaw, a Democrat, is seeking to become Florida’s first African American Attorney General.
In Georgia, Democrat Stacey Abrams, former State House Minority Leader, is taking on Secretary Of State Brian Kemp in the governor’s race. Abrams is seeking to become the nation’s first African American Female Governor.
Kemp was recently criticized by a federal judge for failing to make adequate provisions in case the state’s voting systems are targeted for hacking, such as switching to paper ballots, which Kemp went to court to oppose doing.