WAR­REN PUSHES FOR DEM-RUN CAPI­TOL HILL

... but Diehl, polls claim Blue Wave has re­ceded

Boston Herald - - NEWS - By ALEXI CO­HAN

U.S. Sen. El­iz­a­beth War­ren ral­lied the crowd at a town hall in Roxbury yes­ter­day, push­ing the need for Democrats to gain con­trol over the House and the Se­nate in the up­com­ing Novem­ber midterm elec­tions, but her GOP ri­val Ge­off Diehl and polls sug­gest the longed-for Blue Wave is over — War­ren’s party over­played its hand in the Ka­vanaugh

con­fir­ma­tion fight.

“I get it, we won’t get the White House, but to have the House and the Se­nate is to make the down pay­ment,” War­ren said at her town hall event Hiber­nian Hall in Roxbury.

Diehl — though seen as an un­der­dog likely to lose his own chal­lenge of War­ren — said the con­tro­versy sur­round­ing Jus­tice Brett Ka­vanaugh’s re­cent con­fir­ma­tion hear­ings hurt the Democrats, and he claims, War­ren her­self.

“I think with the Ka­vanaugh hear­ing specif­i­cally, she re­ally used a sit­u­a­tion that was un­for­tu­nate ... and used it to turn it into a fundrais­ing tool for her­self; I think that was a mis­take,” Diehl told the Her­ald.

In re­cent polls, Repub­li­can Sen. Ted Cruz has surged and is now up eight points over chal­lenger Beto O’Rourke, while in swing states like North Dakota, Ten­nessee, Wis­con­sin, Ne­vada and Michi­gan, Repub­li­cans are also up in the polls, with gains in the wake of the Ka­vanaugh hear­ings.

GOP po­lit­i­cal op­er­a­tive Ford O’Con­nell said Democrats took a hit af­ter from the “Ka­vanaugh ef­fect.”

“Ab­so­lutely it back­fired on the Democrats be­cause it woke up Repub­li­can vot­ers,” said O’Con­nell. He said prior to the Ka­vanaugh hear­ing, there was a much-touted “Blue Wave” which has now re­ceded.

O’Con­nell said Democrats are “all but locked out” of the Se­nate, though the House is up for grabs and could fall into Demo­cratic hands.

Demo­cratic po­lit­i­cal con­sul­tant Scott Fer­son agreed a blue Se­nate is un­likely while the House re­mains com­pet­i­tive be­tween the two par­ties lead­ing up to the elec­tion. He said of the Ka­vanaugh is­sue, “It has en­er­gized the base on both sides.”

In the House, Repub­li­cans are pro­jected to take 201 seats while Democrats will land 205 seats. The re­main­ing 29 seats are a toss-up ac­cord­ing to the polls, with 218 seats needed to main­tain a ma­jor­ity.

In the Se­nate — now split 51-49 in the GOP’s fa­vor — the Democrats are pro­jected to hold just 44 seats, while the GOP is se­cure in 50 seats, with six seats mostly lean­ing Repub­li­can, rais­ing the prospect of a larger GOP ma­jor­ity there.

War­ren said she has no re­grets about speak­ing out against Ka­vanaugh, “This has been a re­ally painful episode in Amer­ica; I am not sorry I got in this fight.” And so far, her own seat seems safe.

As of Thurs­day, War­ren was up 25 points in the polls leav­ing her at 56 points and Diehl with 31 points.

STAFF PHOTO, ABOVE, BY CHRIS CHRISTO; HER­ALD PHOTO, RIGHT, BY JEFF PORTER

ON THE TRAIL: U.S. Sen. El­iz­a­beth War­ren, above, stumps at a town hall in Roxbury yes­ter­day while GOP ri­val Ge­off Diehl, cen­ter right, speaks with Jackie and Dan McNeil at Wey­mouth High School.

HER­ALD PHOTO BY JEFF PORTER

MEET AND GREET: U.S. con­gres­sional can­di­date Ge­off Diehl stops by the Wey­mouth Great Pump­kin Fes­ti­val at Wey­mouth High School.

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