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The Latest: Trump says Kavanaugh case will drive GOP votes

October 5, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump campaigning in Minnesota (all times local):

8 p.m.

President Donald Trump says anger over resistance to his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation will drive Republican turnout this fall.

Trump tells a rally crowd of thousands Thursday evening in Rochester, Minnesota, that Democrats’ “rage-fueled resistance is starting to backfire at a level nobody has ever seen before.”

“We love it,” Trump tells the crowd.

Trump is also talking up Kavanaugh’s credentials as a handful of undecided senators in Washington mull his nominee’s fate following sexual misconduct allegations.

Trump says Kavanaugh is an “incredible” intellect, judge and talent and will defend the constitution as written.

He’s also criticizing Democrats, saying they “have been trying to destroy Judge Brett Kavanaugh since the very first second he was announced.”

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6:20 p.m.

President Donald Trump is trying to boost Republican congressional candidates in Minnesota, as the GOP hopes to fend off a Democratic effort to recapture the House of Representatives.

Trump landed in Minneapolis in the afternoon and headed to a fundraiser. He was set to appear later at an evening rally in Rochester, friendly territory in the traditionally liberal state, where Republicans are targeting two Democratic districts but playing defense in two GOP-held districts in the Minneapolis suburbs.

Outside Washington, the focus still remained on the dramatic nomination process for Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. Trump told reporters he thinks Brett Kavanaugh is “doing very well” as senators weigh a new FBI background report prompted by allegations of sexual misconduct.

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