Supreme Court pick to be backed by $10m campaign
Immediately following Donald Trump's Supreme Court announcement tonight, a well-funded network will air its first ads pressuring vulnerable Democratic Senators who are up for re-election in 2018 into voting for the President's nominee.
Conservative operative Greg Mueller tells us the Judicial Crisis Network will launch phase one of its $10 million effort and the ads will be seen "within two minutes of the announcement." (And remember the announcement at 8pm tonight will be on prime-time television and carried by the broadcast networks.)
The first round of ads will focus on Missouri, Indiana, North Dakota, Montana and D.C.
- Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri (a state Trump won by 19)
- Senator Joe Donnelly of Indiana (a state Trump won by 19)
- Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota (a state Trump won by 36)
- Senator Jon Tester of Montana (a state Trump won by 20)
Why it matters: Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell doesn't want to turn to the so called "nuclear-option to change Senate rules and ram through a court pixk with with 51 votes instead of 60. So to get to 60, McConnell needs to swing eight Democrats, and he'll be relying on well-funded outside groups to help.