Grassley: Gorsuch will fall short of 60 votes
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Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyWhite House clarifies: We condemn all violence Republican lawmakers criticize Trump response to Charlottesville Grassley reverses ‘expectation’ of Supreme Court vacancy this year MORE (R-Iowa) predicted on Thursday that Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch will fall short of the 60 votes needed to overcome a Democratic filibuster.  

Asked how he was feeling about Gorsuch's nomination ahead of next week's vote, the Judiciary Committee chairman told reporters that President Trump's pick "gets 57 or 58 votes." 
 
Asked if his estimation was based on conversations with Democrats, Grassley replied, "No, but other people have, and I've heard what over people say. But it's kind of a gut feeling that's based on the proposition that some people up for reelection cannot justify such a well-qualified person not getting on the Supreme Court."
 
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Gorsuch will need 60 votes, including the support of at least eight Democratic senators, to overcome an initial procedural hurdle for his nomination. Republicans have signaled they are willing to go "nuclear" and change the Senate rules if Democrats block his nomination. 
 
 
The two are among a group of 10 Democratic senators up for reelection in 2018 in states won by Trump who are facing a mountain of pressure from both sides in the Supreme Court fight. 
 
Red-state Democratic Sens. Claire McCaskillClaire McCaskillSenators push for possible FCC enforcement over Lifeline fraud Democrat senator: Trump has elevated Kim Jong-Un to the world stage It's time for McConnell to fight with Trump instead of against him MORE (Mo.), Joe DonnellyJoe DonnellyTrump's Democratic tax dilemma FEC 'reform' a smokescreen to weaponize government against free speech It's time for McConnell to fight with Trump instead of against him MORE (Ind.) and Jon TesterJon TesterWhy 'cherry-picking' is the solution to our nation’s flood insurance disaster Trump signs Veterans Affairs bill at New Jersey golf club It's time for McConnell to fight with Trump instead of against him MORE (Mont.), who are also up for reelection next year, are thus far undecided on Gorsuch's nomination. 
 
 
Grassley's committee is scheduled to vote on Gorsuch's nomination on Monday with a full Senate vote expected on Friday.