Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death was barely announced before speculation began to run rampant on the internet about whether Republicans will attempt to confirm a nominee to replace her prior to the 2020 election.
One Republican senator, Alaska's Lisa Murkowski, has already indicated that she will not support such a vote.
I should say, Sen. Murkowski spoke this afternoon, before RBG's death was announced. It was a hypothetical.— Liz Ruskin/AK public radio reportet (@lruskin) September 18, 2020
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) says it would be a “double standard” to fill a Supreme Court vacancy before 2021 & “would not support it.”— Alex Bolton (@alexanderbolton) August 3, 2020
Maine Senator Susan Collins (R) also indicated some weeks ago that she would not support seating a replacement justice in October.
News: @SenatorCollins told me earlier this month in Maine that she would not seat a Supreme Court justice in October.— Jonathan Martin (@jmartNYT) September 19, 2020
“I think that’s too close, I really do,” she said.
She said she’d also oppose seating a justice in the lame duck if there’s a change in presidents.
This is how it plays out.— The Irredeemable Monster (@TheJayBogart) September 19, 2020
Final Tally: 50-50 Tie.
Tie breaker: VP Mike Pence
Senate Vote: 51-50
Your next Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett.#amyconeybarrett
From my notebook/calls over the past hour: there are discussions within the Senate GOP about voting *before* the election, making the argument that 9 justices are needed in case of an election crisis. But Rs who want that aren't sure if Collins/Murkowski would fight it.— Robert Costa (@costareports) September 19, 2020
A total of 61 SCOTUS justices have been nominated and confirmed to the Supreme Court since the turn of the last century (1900)— Undercover Huber (@JohnWHuber) September 19, 2020
70% of these (43 Justices) were confirmed in *under 46 days* (the amount of time remaining until the Nov 3 Presidential election)
Considering Democrat plan to contest election regardless of the result, and potential for the legal cases to go to SCOTUS, Trump has to nominate, and McConnell has to confirm, an RBG replacement BEFORE the election— Undercover Huber (@JohnWHuber) September 18, 2020
Cannot leave possibility of 4-4 decisions on election result
With a looming election, whose moving parts will undoubtedly be contested all the way to the Supreme Court,— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) September 19, 2020
it’s of the utmost importance that we have a complete SCOTUS.
President Trump should name a nominee & the Senate needs an immediate vote on the floor. #FillTheSeat
If a Democrat were President right now, and if Democrats controlled the U.S. Senate, America would fill Justice Ginsburg’s Seat on SCOTUS before the Presidential Election on November 3rd.— Aaron J. Carpenter🇺🇸 (@aaronjcarpenter) September 19, 2020
This I am certain of.
Biden on confirming SCOTUS judge in election year: “I made it absolutely clear that I would go forward with the confirmation process as chairman even a few months before a presidential election.” https://t.co/AnXqbJYZeY— Jim DeMint (@JimDeMint) September 19, 2020
A sizable number of judges have been nominated to #SCOTUS in presidential election years:— Michael Johns (@michaeljohns) September 19, 2020
1988: Anthony Kennedy
1940: Frank Murphy
1932: Benjamin Cardozo
1916: Louis Brandeis
1916: John Clarke
1912: Mahlon Pitney
And many others.@realDonaldTrump should nominate immediately.