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AP’s Julie Pace: Focus Groups Show SCOTUS Debate Won’t Impact Votes This Fall

On CNN’s “Inside Politics” this morning, The AP’s Julie Pace reported that voters in focus groups she observed seemed “completely uninterested” in the Supreme Court nomination debate and added that not a single swing voter said that it was something that would impact their vote in the fall.

Pace also noted that the comments from the focus groups should represent, “a real reality check for anyone in Washington who thinks that this issue is really animating voters across the country.”

Here’s a complete transcript of what she said this morning:

JOHN KING: “Let’s head around the ‘Inside Politics’ table, ask our reporters to share a great headline that gets you out ahead of the big political news just around the corner. Julie Pace?

JULIE PACE: “I sat in on some focus groups this past week with both swing voters and Republican voters, and some of the questions they were asked were about the Supreme Court nomination of Merrick Garland. And this was a real reality check for anyone in Washington who thinks that this issue is really animating voters across the country. I was so struck by how these voters seemed comply uninterested in the nomination fight. Among the swing voters, not one of them said that this was something that would really impact their vote in the fall. And even among the Republican voters who felt like this nomination should wait until the next president, almost none felt like this was an issue that was going to affect their vote either in the presidential race or in their Senate race.”

KING: “Nice try Mr. President, I guess.”

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