(September 2020)

Since Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death over the weekend, the news cycle has been intensely focused on Republican efforts to nominate and confirm a new justice. A lot of attention has been paid as to the exact number of supporters in the Senate as a way of deciphering whether a confirmation can be achieved ahead of the election. However, one fact that is not being discussed much is the reality that many in the Senate don’t even want to try to confirm a justice ahead of the election. The reason why is that while confirming a new conservative justice would be advantageous for them in the long run, holding a confirmation process now could have severe repercussions in the upcoming election. Many embattled Republican senators in tight Senate races could be significantly wounded by confirming a new justice now, meaning that the Republicans could risk losing control of the Senate if they press ahead with a confirmation so close to the election.


FINSUM + Magnifi: McConnell has been publicly adamant that a confirmation process will be run, but there is significant objection to doing so because of the potential election repercussions. For instance, Senator Colins of Maine has said she will not support any nominee because of the risk to her reelection.


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