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If Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) wants to confirm a replacement for Ruth Bader Ginsberg before the general election in November, he's going to have to sure up the ranks in his own party.
Republican Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) have both said over the weekend that they will not vote for a nominee until after the 2020 election, with both saying that confirming a nominee less than two months before Americans vote on the fate of the House, Senate, and Oval Office would not be in the spirit of the Constitution. Previously, Senate Republicans have used the same defense while tabling the nomination of Merrck Garland in 2016, who was set to replace Antonin Scalia. Scalia died over eight months before the 2016 election, Ginsburg died 43 days before this year's election.
President Trump said on Fox and Friends Monday morning that he intends to submit a name for Ginsburg's replacement as early as this weekend. The Constitution has no provision on how close to an election a nominee to any federal post can be confirmed.
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