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Airwaves About to Get Nasty as Supreme Court Fight Gets Underway

Outside groups looking to sway senators and the larger public about Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick, say they are planning to spend more than they did during last year’s fight over Justice Neil Gorsuch, pointing to the drastically higher stakes this time around.

Unlike Gorsuch, who replaced Antonin Scalia, an already conservative member, Trump’s replacement for retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, viewed by many as the court’s swing vote, could significantly reshape the balance of the court.

Also, Republicans now control the Senate by just a single seat and Arizona Sen. John McCain has been absent for months, meaning any one senator could hold significant sway over whether Trump gets Kavanaugh confirmed.

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