Durbin: Supreme Court fight will energize voters in both parties 

Senate Democratic Whip Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinCongress unlikely to reach deal on Trump border bill before break Democrats want White House hopefuls to cool it on Biden attacks Overnight Health Care: Trump officials defend changes to family planning program | Senators unveil bipartisan package on health costs | Democrats pass T spending bill with HHS funds MORE (Ill.) on Wednesday evening called on Republicans to delay a vote on replacing Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy until after the fall elections, while acknowledging the fight will energize both parties’ bases.

“I think people will be energized. The polls indicate they are following this very closely and this announcement by Justice Kennedy will pique their interest even more,” Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, told Hill.TV correspondents Molly Hooper and Alison Spann.

Durbin echoed other party leaders in suggesting Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden, Eastland and rejecting the cult of civility California governor predicts 'xenophobic' GOP will likely be third party in 15 years This week: Congress set for clash on Trump's border request MORE (R-Ky.) follow the precedent he set in 2016 when he delayed a Supreme Court nomination vote until after the election. Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandBernie Sanders hits McConnell for saying DC, Puerto Rico statehood is 'full-bore socialism' Democrats should initiate a 'Fire Mitch McConnell' campaign Valerie Jarrett: Obama would be impeached 'in a nanosecond' for behaving like Trump MORE, former President Obama’s nominee for the court, never got a vote. President TrumpDonald John TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says 'stubborn child' Fed 'blew it' by not cutting rates MORE then got his own nominee, Neil Gorsuch, approved in 2017.

“It all depends on Sen. McConnell,” Durbin said. “If he is consistent, and uses his own rule, we’ll wait four months and have an election and let the American people decide what the majority in Congress will do in the next session,” he said.