Republicans hope to confirm SCOTUS nominee before Nov. 3

Senate Republicans are nearly unanimously in support of a vote on a new Supreme Court justice this year, and most want it to happen before the election.

Republican senators huddled at a closed-door lunch at their political headquarters near the Capitol. Those in the room said lawmakers largely want a vote to take place ahead of an election that could cost the GOP the Senate and the White House.

“I think we need to move here, with all deliberate speed,” Sen. Josh Hawley, a Missouri Republican, said.

Republicans on Tuesday locked in the votes needed to take up a nomination, but
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