Mark Springer, associate professor of political science at the University of Mary, said it will be interesting to see how Heitkamp navigates Kavanaugh’s confirmation process while faced with re-election.
“It really depends on what issues stand out in the hearings, so I think that will probably or could possibly play in her favor as how she can either gain votes on the state level, but then, of course, hurt what she wants on the national level,” Springer said. “At the same time, she’s a conservative Democrat, so in North Dakota, there’s definitely things that you have to do or have to be if you want to be re-elected.”
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