Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) doubled down on her opposition vote against the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court in her latest campaign ad.
In her ad, Heitkamp explains to voters “exactly why [she] voted against Judge Kavanaugh.”
Heidi Heitkamp defends her vote against Kavanaugh in a new campaign ad: "Honestly I don't think he told the truth. And even if he did, he showed himself to be too biased to be impartial." pic.twitter.com/TNr30gXnnu
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 9, 2018
“Honestly I don’t think [Judge Kavanagh] told the truth. And even if he did, he showed himself to be too biased to be impartial,” said Heitkamp.
Many found the claim that Kavanaugh was “too biased” to be ridiculous.
“He’s too biased in favor of his own innocence." https://t.co/j9GVhs8niq
— Jim Geraghty (@jimgeraghty) October 10, 2018
He was "biased" in his own case? Perish the thought. https://t.co/6UK4xBIV67
— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) October 10, 2018
Heitkamp reminded voters that she did support the nomination of conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch, along with Democrat Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Joe Donnelly (D- Ind.), however, she could not extend the same vote for Kavanaugh.
“I voted for Neil Gorsuch so I know there are many other conservative judges who can fill this job without tearing our country apart,” stated Heitkamp.
Heitkamp concluded her ad by saying, “I believe a senator has to put politics aside and do what’s right for our country.”
While the senator may think her vote is what was right for the country, it doesn’t look as though the people of North Dakota agree.
Heitkamp’s polling number took a nosedive throughout the approval process for Justice Kavanaugh. Polling numbers from June showed her opponent Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) up only four points, within the margin of error.
Now, however, the senator trails Cramer by 12 points according to a recent Fox News poll.
Heitkamp is not the only Democrat who might be concerned about how a vote against Kavanaugh could impact their odds in the 2018 midterm elections.
Recent polls show that the enthusiasm gap for potential voters has vanished. Prior to the Kavanaugh hearing, Democrats led Republicans in voter enthusiasm by ten points, leading many to believe that this issue is one that could follow Democrats through to November.