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Josh Hawley: ‘Noticeable Surge in Anger’ from Voters After Kavanaugh Circus

Republican Senate candidate Josh Hawley dances before President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, in Springfield, Mo.
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Missouri Republican Senate Candidate Josh Hawley said this week that he has seen a “noticeable surge in anger among all voters” in the state after the Democrats tried to derail Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination.

Hawley, the state’s attorney general, told ABC’s “Powerhouse Politics” podcast that was released on Wednesday evening that “people just cannot believe what happened with the Kavanaugh process.”

“There’s a noticeable change in atmosphere here in the state and a noticeable surge in enthusiasm among Republican voters,” Hawley said on the podcast. “But also, I would say a noticeable surge in anger among all voters in my state.”

Hawley added that voters in Missouri just “can’t believe the games that Senate Democrats played.”

Hawley’s race was the leading indicator when it came to how much of a boost the Kavanaugh confirmation circus would give Republican Senate candidates.

In the days after Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) announced that she would be voting against Kavanaugh, Hawley took a two-point lead over McCaskill in the polls.

Hawley, according to a poll released last week by a pro-Hawley super PAC, has since expanded his lead to eight percentage points over McCaskill.

“The way that they attempted to smear Justice Kavanaugh, what they did to Dr.[Christine Blasey] Ford to be treating her as collateral damage,” he added. “I get asked about it at every stop, every day.”

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