Conservative women uneasy with Kavanaugh in wake of sexual assault claims

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A Fox News poll found that women were more likely to believe Christine Blasey Ford, the supreme court nominee’s accuser

As allegations of sexual misconduct have rocked the hearings for Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump’s US supreme court nominee, Republicans in Washington have largely struck a defiant tone, accusing Democrats of mounting a “smear campaign” to derail the nomination.

But some conservative women are expressing discomfort with Trump’s pick to replace the retiring justice Anthony Kennedy – with potentially grave consequences for a party already struggling to resolve a longstanding problem with gender.

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