"According to AP VoteCast, nearly half of voters said the confirmation battle around Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh was very important to their vote in the midterm elections. And among them, they largely broke towards the Democrats. But if you look at some of the state exit results, it's very different. If you look at Tennessee, about the same percentage said it was very important to them but they voted in favor of Marsha Blackburn, the Republican nominee. If you look in Missouri, also, 46 percent or so said it was very important to their vote, but they leaned in favor of the Republican Josh Hawley."
Clarksville, Tennessee - 2 August 2018
3. Tennessee Republican Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn at a campaign rally
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St. Louis, Missouri - 18 October 2018
4. Mid shot of Senate debate between Sen. Claire McCaskill and opponent Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley
5. Josh Hawley speaking during debate
Washington, D.C. - 8 October 2018
6. Brett Kavanaugh being sworn in as Supreme Court justice
7. Various shots of Kavanaugh protesters outside Supreme Court
"In Florida on the other hand about the same percentage 48 percent said that the confirmation battle around Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was very important to their vote but they leaned towards the Democrat Bill Nelson. So it's an indication that the national numbers might show you one thing if you look at some of those state races and how some of these issues break out very differently."
Nearly half of voters said the confirmation battle over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's nomination was very important to their vote in the 2018 midterm elections.
About three-quarters of voters said the debate was very or somewhat important to their vote.
According to AP VoteCast, a national survey of the electorate, those voters who said it was "very important" to their vote were more likely to support the Democratic candidate.
But Associated Press White House reporter Zeke Miller said if you look at the individual state survey results, it paints a different picture.
In Tennessee, for example, approximately the same percentage of voters said the Kavanaugh nomination was very important to them but they voted in favor of Marsha Blackburn, the Republican Senate candidate.
Similarly in Missouri, 46 percent said the debate was very important to their vote, but they leaned in favor of the Republican Senate candidate, Josh Hawley.
In Florida, however, those who said Kavanaugh's confirmation was "very important" leaned toward the Democratic candidate Bill Nelson.
"So it's an indication that the national numbers might show you one thing if you look at some of those state races and how some of these issues break out very different," Miller said.
The GOP-led Senate confirmed Kavanaugh after a California professor accused him of sexual assault when both were in high school. Kavanaugh denied the allegations.