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 TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Democrats wary of handing Trump a win on infrastructure 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 GarlandWarren calls for Congress to pass federal laws protecting Roe v. Wade Harris 'open' to adding seats to Supreme Court Gillibrand sets litmus test: I will only nominate judges who back 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 GrassleyGOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending On The Money: Judge upholds House subpoena for Trump financial records | Trump vows to appeal ruling by 'Obama-appointed judge' | Canada, Mexico lift retaliatory tariffs on US | IRS audit rate falls Canada, Mexico lift tariffs on US goods after Trump scraps steel, aluminum levies 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