Three more Republican senators to meet with Supreme Court nominee
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Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland will sit down with three more Republican senators this week, as Democrats continue to press his nomination. 

White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters that Garland will meet with GOP Sens. James Lankford (Okla.), James InhofeJames (Jim) Mountain InhofeIs the Senate ready to protect American interests in space? Republicans grumble over Trump shifting military funds to wall Gun debate to shape 2020 races MORE (Okla.), and Mike Rounds (S.D.), as well as Democratic Sens. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonAl Franken says he 'absolutely' regrets resigning Democrats target Florida Hispanics in 2020 Poll: Six Democrats lead Trump in Florida match-ups MORE (Fla.), Gary Peters (Mich.) and Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenKey Senate Democrat unveils proposal to tax the rich Overnight Health Care: Trump seeks ban on flavored e-cigarettes | Purdue Pharma nears settlement with states, cities over alleged role in opioid epidemic | Senate panel cancels vote on key spending bill amid standoff Pelosi woos progressives on prescription drug pricing plan MORE (Ore.). 
 
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"He's going to continue to have meetings with individual senators," he added. "This is consistent with the way the process usually works." 
  
Democrats and outside groups remain adamant that momentum is on their side in the entrenched court fight. They point to a spate of polling that shows most Americans back moving forward with Garland's nomination. 
 
Referencing positive comments about Garland from GOP senators, Earnest said Republicans should be asked "why are they denying the American public the opportunity to hear directly from Chief Judge Garland?" 
 
While Garland will have met with 14 Republican senators by the end of the week, most remain unswayed about moving forward with his nomination. 
 
 
Lankford said last week that he would thank Garland for his past work in the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing, but was sticking with his party's strategy.