Senate Republicans Have Enough Votes to Confirm Replacement for RBG
Senate Republicans have enough support to confirm a new Supreme Court justice prior to the November 3 election, according to Market Watch.
On Monday, Republican Senator Lindsay Graham made the announcement. “We’ve got the votes to confirm Justice Ginsburg’s replacement before the election,” he said “We’re 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 plan lays out a timeline of under 40 days to get to a vote. Republican nominee Donald Trump is far behind in the polls and needs to increase his campaigning in swing states. On Tuesday morning, Senator Mitt Romney released a statement supporting moving forward with a nomination prior to the election. Senator Romney voted to have President Trump removed from office earlier this year.
Romney's statement regarding his approval of the Supreme Court nomination process is significant because Republicans can lose no more than 3 votes if they hope to confirm a replacement for RBG before the election. Alaska Senate Republican Lisa Murkowski and Maine Senate Republican Susan Collins have stated that they do not support the vote prior to the November 3 election.