Anti-abortion group pressures red state Democrats to support Kavanaugh

The anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List rolled out digital ads on Thursday aimed at pressuring six red-state Democrats to support Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

All but one of those Democrats are up for re-election this fall in states that President Trump carried in the 2016 election. The group hopes to shore up support for Kavanaugh, who would replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Doug Jones of Alabama, and Bill Nelson of Florida are the subject of the six ads that will be distributed this week.

All but Jones are up for re-election this fall, but Jones is up in 2020 in a state that Trump carried by double digits.

Manchin, Heitkamp, and Donnelly all voted for Trump’s prior Supreme Court pick Neil Gorsuch last year. But the stakes are higher this year since Kavanaugh will replace Kennedy, who is the swing vote on the court. Nelson and McCaskill are engaged in tough re-election fights this year.

The digital ads ask whether the senator will stand with “pro-abortion extremists,” and urge viewers to call the senator to pressure them to support Kavanaugh.

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