Heitkamp Says She’ll Be Voting No on Kavanaugh


U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp talks about the prospect of temporarily housing refugee children at the Grand Forks Air Force Base during a recent visit to the Grand Forks Herald Editorial Board. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

I can report that Senator Heidi Heitkamp has decided to vote against confirmation of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

That’s per an exclusive scoop by WDAY (the folks I work for). “The process has been bad,” she said, but that she’ll ultimately oppose the nominee.

I’m on air right now, but I’m sure there will be more details forthcoming soon.

My initial reaction is to take this as an indication that Heitkamp may be tacitly conceding the race.

UPDATE: Here’s a report from WDAY.

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UPDATE: Here’s Senator Heitkamp’s statement on the decision:

UPDATE: And here’s the Senator’s brother, all but calling the majority of North Dakotans who support Kavanaugh deplorables: