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Would A Republican White House SCOTUS Nominee Get Senate Approval?

The White House might be considering a Republican governor to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court, according a report from The Washington Post.
Posted at 3:26 PM, Feb 24, 2016

Since the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, political pundits have speculated who could fill the vacancy — or if we'd see someone nominated before or after this election cycle.

"Hello. My name is Brian Sandoval, and I have the honor of serving as governor of the great state of Nevada," Sandoval said.

News leaked Wednesday that The White House is reportedly vetting Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, a Republican.

If true, this makes the search for Scalia's replacement pretty interesting. Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee said in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell they refuse to hold hearings on a nominee until a new president is elected.

But Senate Republicans might walk back that statement if the White House nominates a Republican for the Supreme Court.

Either way, President Obama said he plans to fulfill his constitutional duties by appointing a judge to the bench. He wrote in a post on SCOTUSblog Wednesday, "I hope they'll move quickly to debate and then confirm this nominee so that the Court can continue to serve the American people at full strength."

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