“This is every Democrat candidate’s worst nightmare, as it changes the game on turnout,” GOP pollster Chris Wilson told the Washington Examiner. “It doesn’t just close the enthusiasm gap, it injects rocket fuel into the evangelical base that helped Trump win swing states.”
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement, announced Wednesday, will do more than reshape the high court. It also scrambles the campaign for the November midterm elections.
The 2016 presidential election showed how the Supreme Court can loom large in determining the candidate who voters support and the intensity of that support. Throughout 2016, both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton used the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia to motivate their supporters to vote.
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