Capitol Report: Midterm messaging revolved around the economy — until the Kavanaugh hearing

The economy vs. social issues — we often seek to define elections as dominated by one or the other. At a time of both strong economic growth and controversial tax-cut and tariff policy, the economy was taking center stage — until Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court appointment roiled the country.

There is one political candidate, however, who continues to beat the economic drum — and loudly. She also happens to be a hugely crucial figure in Democrats’ aim to take back control of the Senate.

Heidi Heitkamp, the Democratic senator from North Dakota who is in serious danger of losing her seat to Republican opponent Kevin Cramer, has been incredibly focused on economic issues in her social-media messages over the past four months, particularly trade.

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