Fox News contributor Lisa Boothe and RealClearPolitics President Tom Bevan joined the "Fox & Friends" co-hosts Wednesday to analyze if the "Kavanaugh effect" played a significant role in the midterm elections.

Incumbent Senate Democrats in battleground states who opposed the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination appear to have paid a price on Election Day, with senators Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Indiana's Joe Donnelly, Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Florida's Bill Nelson all suffering defeat.

In fact, every Democrat incumbent who opposed Kavanaugh in states rated "toss up" by Fox News lost their race. In contrast, the lone Democrat who voted for Kavanaugh, Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, won his race.

"Had he voted against Kavanaugh, it might have been a different outcome there," Bevan said, noting Manchin narrowly won.


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He said that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and other Democratic leaders would likely acknowledge in private that their strategy of opposing Kavanaugh wasn't the best move, as it "galvanized" the Republican Party.

Boothe agreed that the Supreme Court fight "united different factions of the Republican Party" that came together in support of Kavanaugh, and that apparently carried over into midterms.

She noted that Sen.-elect Josh Hawley, who defeated McCaskill, made the Kavanaugh nomination a central theme of his campaign.

"The very first ad that he ran was talking about the importance of the Supreme Court and the role the Senate plays in that," Boothe said. "It was a consistent theme that he made throughout his campaign."

Boothe and Bevan went on to analyze where President Trump stands heading into the 2020 election. Watch the clip above.


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