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 TrumpCNN's Camerota clashes with Trump's immigration head over president's tweet LA Times editorial board labels Trump 'Bigot-in-Chief' Trump complains of 'fake polls' after surveys show him trailing multiple Democratic candidates 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 GarlandDem senators demand GOP judicial group discloses donors John Legend: Republicans play to win, Biden plays to impress the media Biden says he opposes expanding the Supreme Court 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 GrassleyAdvocates frustrated over pace of drug price reform Trump drug pricing setbacks put pressure on Congress Hillicon Valley: Trump rails against 'terrible bias' at White House social media summit | Twitter hit by hour-long outage | Google admits workers listen to smart device recordings 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