Momentum growing among Republicans for Supreme Court vote before Election Day
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Momentum is growing among Senate Republicans for a Supreme Court confirmation vote to take place before Election Day, something that GOP strategists say would rev up conservative voters and deliver a huge accomplishment for President Trump before voters go to the polls.
As of Saturday afternoon, Senate Republicans had yet to have a conference-wide call on the vacancy created by the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRUTH BADER GINSBURGObama calls on Senate not to fill Ginsburg’s vacancy until after electionPlanned Parenthood: ‘The fate of our rights’ depends on Ginsburg replacementProgressive group to spend M in ad campaign on Supreme Court vacancyMORE, but already a number of GOP lawmakers are publicly and privately making the case for a vote before Nov. 3 instead of in the lame duck session.
“The logistics are getting it done before the Election are very difficult. That is very fast. But it’s not unusually fast. [Late Justice] John Paul Stevens was confirmed in 19 days and anyone picked is going to be recently voted on,” said a senior Senate Republican aide, who predicted that Trump would chose a conservative appellate court judge.ADVERTISEMENT
Amy Coney Barrett, a federal appeals court judge, has emerged as a front-runner to be Trump’s pick to replace Ginsburg, according to people familiar with the discussions.
The aide cautioned that the timing will depend on how well-known Trump’s nominee is and whether GOP lawmakers feel comfortable with the person’s credentials and record.