McConnell says Kavanaugh fight widens gender gap

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the extended fight over confirming Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has widened an existing gender gap in which Republicans trail Democrats in support among women.

McConnell told The Associated Press on Wednesday the gender gap “clearly is wider than it used to be.” But he says the controversy over Kavanaugh could end up helping Republicans by generating more enthusiasm among GOP voters who feel he was mistreated.

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Kavanaugh was accused of sexual misconduct in high school and college. He denied the allegations.

McConnell says he thinks the Kavanaugh fight contributed to Republican voters “getting more interested” in the midterm elections.

Beside the gender gap, McConnell says Republicans “also had an enthusiasm gap.” He says “the controversy ironically produced an adrenaline shot” among Republicans.

Kavanaugh was confirmed on a 50-48 vote.