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After Senator Jeff Flake’s much-publicized push for an F.B.I. investigation of Judge Kavanaugh last Friday — and our less-than-impressed reaction to it — I was curious to see what voters in his home state thought.

Fortunately, Mike Noble, chief pollster and managing partner of Phoenix-based OH Predictive Insights, had an answer. He partnered with the local Arizona station ABC15 to survey 600 likely Arizona voters on Monday and Tuesday.

The result: Mr. Flake is upside-down with his own party.

Only 20 percent of Republicans said they had a favorable view of Mr. Flake. That compared with 43 percent of independents and 59 percent of Democrats.

Overall, only 38 percent of Arizona voters said they approved of Mr. Flake.

“Based on our latest poll,” Mr. Noble said, “Flake is a man without a party.”

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Senator Heidi Heitkamp, a North Dakota Democrat who voted in support of Justice Neil Gorsuch and is now facing a tough re-election campaign, said today that she will vote against Judge Kavanaugh.

“In addition to the concerns about his past conduct, last Thursday’s hearing called into question Judge Kavanaugh’s current temperament, honesty, and impartiality. These are critical traits for any nominee to serve on the highest court in our country.”

She faulted both Democrats and Republicans for mishandling the confirmation.

“We live in a very divisive time, but we can change that. Both sides horribly handled the process around this nomination. We must learn from these mistakes.”

Expect more of that argument from candidates in close races, who are hearing from voters outraged by how this confirmation was handled.


From time to time, we like to peek over the wall that separates news and opinion at The Times and ask the Opinion politics editors what they’ve been working on lately. Today they sent us this:

The opinion pages remain firmly in the grip of Kavanaugh fever. This week, his temperament — especially his perceived anger — has come under intense fire. More than 1,700 law professors felt compelled to tell senators that they should not confirm Judge Kavanaugh because he “displayed a lack of judicial temperament that would be disqualifying” for elevation to the Supreme Court. (They first shared their letter with The Times, and will present it to the Senate today.)

One signee of that letter, Laurence Tribe, wrote in a separate Op-Ed that it goes beyond his temperament to questions of recusal: Judge Kavanaugh would be disqualified “from participating in a wide range of the cases that may come before the Supreme Court” involving individuals or groups that he has singled out “as implacable adversaries.”

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