Some Republicans believe Senate hearings for the confirmation of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett could help the GOP on Election Day.
The Washington Examiner reported strategists think pre-Nov. 3 hearings on the nominee could boost turnout with evangelical and religious voters, and pick up GOP-leaning late voters — while diverting attention from the administration’s coronavirus response.
Republicans have set Oct. 12 as the target start date for Barrett’s confirmation hearings.
“The timing of the hearings could potentially stand to give a late shot in the arm to Republican voters down the stretch into Election Day — which could be critically important in offsetting any deficits from early voting,” GOP pollster Robert Blizzard told the Washington Examiner, pointing to “the expected Democratic surge in mail-in, absentee balloting.”
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