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 TrumpNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' 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 Garland2020 Dems break political taboos by endorsing litmus tests Merrick Garland, denied Supreme Court spot, on court set to consider Trump subpoena appeal  Warren calls for Congress to pass federal laws protecting Roe v. Wade 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 GrassleyTrump-Pelosi fight threatens drug pricing talks Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — Senators unveil sweeping bipartisan health care package | House lawmakers float Medicare pricing reforms | Dems offer bill to guarantee abortion access Bipartisan senators reveal sweeping health care package 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