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A Look Back: Reactions of Women Voters to the Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearings

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With reports over the weekend of new sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the debate over whether he should serve on the nation’s highest court has re-emerged as a political issue.

Last fall, just after the 2018 elections, the Women & Politics Institute at American University partnered with Benenson Strategy Group to do an in-depth poll looking at the women voters who helped elect 127 women to the U.S. Congress. We wanted to understand what mattered most to them as they turned out in record numbers.

With the renewed attention on Kavanaugh, several of the Democratic candidates are now calling for Justice Kavanaugh’s impeachment, including Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren. Amy Klobuchar hasn’t called for his impeachment but has said there needs to be further investigation, and she has doubled down on describing the confirmation hearings as a “complete sham.”

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