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The Judicial Crisis Network, a conservative dark money group that reportedly spent at least $10 million backing Kavanaugh, is looking to invest even more within the next Supreme Court fight.

Carrie Severino, the group’s chief counsel and policy director, said in a statement that if a vacancy arises, “we will do whatever needs to be done to confirm a constitutionalist.”

Progressive groups also say they have learned from Kavanaugh’s nomination and are prepared for an even bigger round of activism if another vacancy arises. While some on the left acknowledge that the practical impact of Trump’s potential third justice will likely be less significant than the first two, they say the Kavanaugh hearings fired up activists and brought new attention to the court, narrowing the so-called enthusiasm gap between the left and right on the issue.

“I think if you look back at the enormous activism around the country around Kavanaugh, I think you’ll see it magnified next vacancy,” said Daniel Goldberg, legal director at the progressive legal group Alliance for Justice and a former senior Justice Department official. “People know what the stakes are, and I think you are going to see activism like you’ve never before seen.”

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