WEEKEND MUST READS: Heidi Heitkamp “is in trouble,” “doing damage control”

Heidi Heitkamp voted against North Dakota this weekend by opposing Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, and she’s already feeling the backlash. Her liberal obstruction is now “tanking” her campaign, and her hope that voters won’t notice or won’t care seems to be failing.
Check out the key points found in Inforum, CNN, and Town Hall about why Heitkamp’s liberal obstruction is hurting her, and why her pushback doesn’t add up. 
The fight over Kavanaugh is tanking Heidi Heitkamp’s campaign
Rob Port | Inforum
  • The mean-spirited, thoroughly repugnant crusade against Kavanaugh by Sen. Heidi Heitkamp’s political party has created a backlash which has damaged her re-election campaign.
  • Cramer, a Republican, has led in every single poll released to the public since February, but until the Kavanaugh fight began those leads were consistently small.
  • Democrats, meanwhile, are doing damage control.
  • What we are left with, then, is a Democratic Senate incumbent who, lacking the courage of the convictions expressed in her campaign messaging, has utterly failed to call out her own party for perpetrating a weeks-long travesty on Judge Kavanaugh and his family.
  • Now she’s paying for it at the polls, and even voting for Kavanaugh may not be enough to reverse the trend.

Trust The Polls: Heidi Heitkamp Is In Trouble

Harry Enten | CNN
  • Poll of the week: A new Fox News poll gives Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer a 53% to 41% lead over Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in the North Dakota Senate race. The bottom line is that a loss in North Dakota leaves Democrats in a far worse position in the race for control of the Senate.
  • Perhaps because of the importance of North Dakota, a number of Democrats have argued that the polling in North Dakota may be wrong. Specifically, people like to point out that Heitkamp won in 2012 even though the public polling showed that she was going to lose.
  • Most of the public polling in 2012 painted a picture of a closer race than the polls do now.
  • Moreover, it’s not as if there has been a consistent pro-Democratic bias in the polling out of North Dakota.
  • Heitkamp’s decision to vote against Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court may help her, though polls suggests the opposite.
  • If the polls stay where they are, the forecast will grow worse for Heitkamp and it’s quite likely she will lose. That would likely mean Republicans would continue to hold their majority in the Senate come next year.
NRA Goes After Heidi Heitkamp For Voting No On Brett Kavanaugh
Katie Pavlich | Town Hall
  • The National Rifle Association is going after Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) after she announced she will vote no in opposition to the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
  • “Today, Heidi Heitkamp put partisan politics above the rights of law-abiding North Dakota gun owners. Right now, the U.S. Supreme Court is split 4-4 on the basic right to keep a firearm in the home for self-defense. Therefore, a vote against confirming Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is a vote against the fundamental right to self-defense,” the NRA released in a statement.
  • “Today, Heidi Heitkamp announced her intent to vote against the basic right to keep a firearm in your home for self-defense. Make no mistake – that is what’s at stake.”
  • Her decision is already impacting her chances for reelection in the state.

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