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With Romney's Support, GOP Likely Has Votes To Move Ahead With Ginsburg's Replacement


September 23, 2020

Sen. Mitt Romney says based on the Constitution and precedent he will support the Senate taking up President Trump's Supreme Court nominee in an election year. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, says he will support moving forward with President Trump's upcoming election year nomination to the Supreme Court.

Romney issued a statement Tuesday that he intends "to follow the Constitution and precedent in considering the President's nominee, and if the nominee reaches the Senate floor he intends "to vote based upon their qualifications."

Romney's support for moving ahead means that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is all but certain to have the 51 votes he needs to take up the nomination. Just two GOP senators, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, have said they oppose taking up the president's nominee to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a presidential election year.


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