Lindsey Graham says Republicans "got the votes to confirm" SCOTUS nominee before election

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Senator Lindsey Graham, the chair of the Judiciary Committee, said Monday on "Hannity" that Republicans have the votes to confirm a nominee to fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Supreme Court seat before the election.

"We got the votes to confirm Justice Ginsburg's replacement before the election," Graham said. "We are going to move forward in the committee. We're going to report the nomination out of the committee to the floor of the United States Senate so we can vote before the election. That's the constitutional process."

Republicans hold a slim three-seat majority in the Senate. Two GOP senators have said they do not support a vote before the election, but four Republicans would have break with the party to prevent a vote from coming to the floor. Senator Mitt Romney of Utah, who broke with the party to vote in favor of convicting President Trump on one article of impeachment, has not yet weighed in. If the vote is split 50-50, Vice President Mike Pence would cast the tie-breaking vote.

Senator Cory Gardner, a moderate Republican from Colorado who is in a tough reelection fight, said Monday said he would vote to confirm a "qualified" nominee. Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, who is retiring after this term, said something similar.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Friday that there will be a vote to confirm Mr. Trump's nominee.

In 2016, the Republican majority refused to allow a confirmation... (Read more)

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