Senate Republicans, still on war footing to save the Supreme Court nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh, probably don’t need a single Democratic vote to confirm him. But they see political opportunity in the votes of Democratic Sens. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, the only three Democrats in the Senate who voted for President Trump’s first Supreme Court nominee, Neil M. Gorsuch. All three are facing voters in six weeks.
…Heitkamp has made hay of Cramer’s responses — but remained opaque on her vote. The reason, say conservatives and liberals in her state, is that neither a “no” or a “yes” has much of an upside. A “yes” would go into Heitkamp’s portfolio of votes with Republicans, which she has advertised to voters all year. But Demand Justice, a national liberal organization opposing Trump nominees, found 26 percent of North Dakota Democrats saying they’d be less likely to back Heitkamp if she supported Kavanaugh — votes Heitkamp probably needs in November.