Dem pollster: Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing may not hold same weight as Gorsuch's

Democratic pollster Nancy Zdunkewicz argued Tuesday that the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh may not hold as much weight as the hearing for President TrumpDonald John TrumpDem senator says Zelensky was 'feeling the pressure' to probe Bidens 2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Trump calls latest impeachment hearings 'a great day for Republicans' MORE's last nominee, Neil Gorsuch.

"It is happening before the midterms, so it might not have the same weight as the Neil Gorsuch vote did in that the opportunity to appoint somebody as opposed to having it already happened," Zdunkewicz told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking."

Trump nominated Gorsuch early last year to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia after Senate Republicans refused to give Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandAppeals court clears way for Congress to seek Trump financial records Divisive docket to test Supreme Court ahead of 2020 Majority disapprove of Trump Supreme Court nominations, says poll MORE, former President Obama's pick to replace Scalia, a vote or a hearing in 2016.

Senate Republicans cited the heated White House race that year in blocking the appointment, arguing that the decision to fill Scalia's seat should be made by the next president.

Republicans want Kavanaugh on the high court as early as the beginning of October and have said they will not delay a final vote until after the November midterm elections, as demanded by some Democrats.

Senate Democrats argue that Kavanaugh's records, including key documents from his time serving as a staff secretary in George W. Bush's White House, require a more in-depth review before his confirmation hearing.

However, the National Archives said it would not be able to fulfill Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyOvernight Health Care: GOP senator says drug price action unlikely this year | House panel weighs ban on flavored e-cigs | New York sues Juul Top GOP senator: Drug pricing action unlikely before end of year Key Republicans say Biden can break Washington gridlock MORE's (R-Iowa) request for the documents until late October.

Republicans have said that a legal team for Bush is going over the same documents and will be able to hand over the materials at a faster pace, while Democrats have said the arrangement could allow for the GOP to cherry-pick what information is publicly released.

— Julia Manchester