Thursday, November 22, 2018
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Florida GOP: Delaying vote on Kavanaugh helps Republicans

Florida Republicans called on Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson Wednesday to support President Donald Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court.

U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz and state GOP chairman Blaise Ingoglia said rank-and-file Florida Republican voters are energized by Trump's pick. Gaetz said the D.C. appellate judge has a track record of supporting limited government regulation of business and that

"it's clear he will defend unborn life."

"The base is extremely excited about this opportunity," said Ingoglia, who cited a new Tarrance poll of Florida voters that showed 56 percent are supportive of Nelson voting to confirm Trump's nominee.

The poll was conducted by the Tarrance Group for a pro-life organization, Susan B. Anthony List.

Nelson's first statement, immediately after the pick was announced, took a wait-and-see approach.

Ingoglia dismissed the idea that in a very close Senate race between Nelson and Gov. Rick Scott, no-party voters, many of whom are young, may lean pro-choice and prefer a senator who opposes Kavanaugh. Many no-party voters stay home in midterm elections in Florida, Ingoglia said.

"The longer Democrats drag this out, the better it is for Republicans," Ingoglia said.

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