Updated at 7:30 p.m. ET
As the confirmation vote for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh neared, both parties had seen potential political benefits for them in the upcoming midterm elections.
For Republicans, it was a chance to energize the base by putting another conservative justice on the court, potentially reshaping it for a generation.
For Democrats, the specter of rolling back abortion rights, the Affordable Care Act and more was a way to further energize an already engaged liberal base to go to the polls.