Graham: Red-state Dems 'are going to have a very hard decision' on Supreme Court pick

Graham: Red-state Dems 'are going to have a very hard decision' on Supreme Court pick
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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamOvernight Health Care: Watchdog finds Tom Price improperly used funds on flights | Ex-Novartis CEO sent drug pricing proposal to Cohen | HHS staffers depart after controversial social media posts HHS staffers depart after controversial social media posts: report Senate takes symbolic shot at Trump tariffs MORE (R-S.C.) said Sunday that red-state Senate Democrats are going to face a tough decision on whether to confirm President TrumpDonald John TrumpReporters defend CNN's Acosta after White House says he 'disrespected' Trump with question Security costs of Trump visit to Scotland sparks outrage among Scottish citizens Ex-CIA officer: Prosecution of Russians indicted for DNC hack 'ain't ever going to happen' MORE's next Supreme Court pick, urging Republicans to "rally behind" the eventual nominee. 

"Red-state Democrats are going to have a very hard decision, and I hope that every Republican will rally behind these picks because they’re all outstanding," Graham said on "Fox News Sunday."

Trump is expected to announce his pick to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Monday, putting Senate Democrats who are up for reelection in states Trump won in a delicate position.

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Democrats in those states risk isolating moderate voters who say the Senate should confirm the Supreme Court nominee. But voting to confirm the nominee could hurt their support among the party's base. 

Trump's shortlist for the Supreme Court nomination is thought to include conservative judges Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett and Raymond Kethledge, among others. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellKavanaugh gets questionnaires for confirmation hearing Dem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick Franken offers Dems a line of questioning for Kavanaugh's 'weirdly specific bit of bulls---' MORE (R-Ky.) has said he wants to hold a vote on the nominee before the midterm elections in November, while Democratic leaders hope to delay the vote until after the election.

Kennedy, who announced his retirement from the high court late last month, was often seen as a swing vote on the bench. In his more than three decades on the Supreme Court, Kennedy sided with the court's conservatives on issues like religious freedom and with its liberals on abortion and gay rights.