Romney Agrees to Back Trump Supreme Court Vote Giving Republicans Path Forward

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Republican Senator Mitt Romney pledged today to back a vote on President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, giving Senate Republicans a path forward on the nomination.

“I intend to follow the Constitution and precedent in considering the president’s nominee. If the nominee reaches the Senate floor, I intend to vote based upon their qualifications,” Romney said in a statement.

After Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Cory Gardner of Colorado announced yesterday that they would also be supporting a vote on Mr. Trump’s pick, eyes fell on Romney as one of the few Senators that could possibly derail a nomination.

Republicans hold a narrow 53-47 seat majority in the U.S. Senate meaning they could afford only a handful of defections before a nomination was blocked.

Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine – who is facing a tough reelection campaign in a blue state this cycle – are the only Senate Republicans to say they will not support a vote on Mr. Trump’s pick before November’s election.

President Trump nominee will be announced Saturday from the White House.

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