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Kennedy Retirement Injects an Inflammatory New Issue Into Midterms

Published on Sunday, June 24, 2018

Kennedy Retirement Injects an Inflammatory New Issue Into Midterms

The summer and fall will be consumed by the fight over Mr. Trump’s proposed replacement, and inject a new set of high-stakes issues into the campaign, primarily the prospect of overturning Roe v. Wade, as well as gay rights, voting rights and the rights of workers. 

“You’re looking at the likelihood of a young, radical and persuasive voice on the court who would leave an imprint for a generation,” said Senator Christopher Murphy of Connecticut, a Democrat.

Democrats said that Senator Mitch McConnell’s decision to replace Justice Kennedy before the midterms would further motivate voters already enraged by Mr. Trump and anger progressives still smarting over Mr. McConnell’s decision to block President Obama from filling an open Supreme Court seat in 2016. Party strategists across the country convened on emergency conference calls Wednesday afternoon trying to figure out the best way to confront a situation that they could do little about as long as Republicans controlled the Senate. 

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