Ayotte: Delay nominee until 'people have spoken'
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Sen. Kelly AyotteKelly Ann AyotteGOP fears Trump backlash in suburbs Trump makes rare trip to Clinton state, hoping to win back New Hampshire Key endorsements: A who's who in early states MORE (R-N.H.) doesn't want the Senate to move forward with a nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia until "the American people have spoken" and A new president is elected.

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"We're in the midst of a consequential presidential election year, and Americans deserve an opportunity to weigh in given the significant implications this nomination could have for the Supreme Court and our country for decades to come," she said in a statement tweeted late Sunday.

"I believe the Senate should not move forward with the confirmation process until the American people have spoken by electing a new president."

She also tweeted on Saturday that she is "deeply saddened" by the justice's death.

"Our country has lost a staunch defender of our Constitution and a brilliant jurist."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellKentucky state official says foreign adversaries 'routinely' scan election systems Don't let 'welfare for all' advocates derail administration's food stamp program reforms Whistleblower retaliation: Stop confusing unlawful attacks with politics MORE (R-Ky.) said on Saturday that Scalia should not be replaced until after the presidential election.

“The American people‎ should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice," he said in a statement. "Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new President.”

But President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaPro-Trump super PAC hits Biden with new Spanish-language ad in Nevada Meghan McCain rips Blagojevich pardon: He is 'like the swampiest swamp creature in the world' Ex-Obama aides say Bloomberg-Obama relationship more 'complicated' than his ads portray MORE has said he plans to nominate a new justice before his term ends.