Georgia GOP Senate candidates cite abortion in pushing Ginsburg replacement

Georgia GOP Senate candidates cite abortion in pushing Ginsburg replacement
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Georgia GOP Senate candidates Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerWill Trump choose megalomania over country? I voted for Trump in 2020 — he proved to be the ultimate RINO in 2021 Draft Georgia congressional lines target McBath, shore up Bourdeaux MORE and Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsLoeffler meets with McConnell amid speculation of another Senate run Georgia agriculture commissioner launches Senate campaign against Warnock Poll shows tight GOP primary for Georgia governor MORE each cited a push to restrict abortion as a reason to vote on a Supreme Court pick from President TrumpDonald TrumpSix big off-year elections you might be missing Twitter suspends GOP Rep. Banks for misgendering trans health official Meghan McCain to Trump: 'Thanks for the publicity' MORE before the election.

Collins, who currently serves in the House, tweeted that Republicans have "our best chance in decades to strike down Roe V. Wade" following the vacancy created by Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgKatie Couric says she felt 'betrayed' by Lauer after sexual assault allegations Couric defends editing of RBG interview Biden's Supreme Court commission ends not with a bang but a whimper MORE's death on Friday.

"Let's take it," Collins wrote. "@realdonaldtrump is going to nominate a pro-life conservative and the Senate needs to do their job and confirm without delay."

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Loeffler, who is running for a full term after being appointed to her Senate seat earlier this year, advocated anti-abortion policies and support for gun rights during an interview with Fox News.

The GOP senator said Trump should put forward a "strict constructionist" for the court, adding the position should go to someone who "will protect innocent life, who will bring those Second Amendment cases and make sure that we're protecting our right to bear arms in this country."

"I look forward to supporting @realDonaldTrump's strong, strict constructionist nominee who will protect life, the 2nd Amendment, and conservative values," she tweeted Saturday.

The pair are competing for support among Republicans in Georgia as they battle ahead of the state's Nov. 3 special election to permanently replace Sen. Johnny IsaksonJohnny IsaksonHerschel Walker calls off fundraiser with woman who had swastika in Twitter profile Georgia reporter says state will 'continue to be a premier battleground' Critical race theory becomes focus of midterms MORE (R-Ga.), who resigned at the end of 2019 due to health problems.

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The Republicans were among several GOP candidates to push on Saturday for the party to move to confirm a Supreme Court nominee before the November election.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden says he's open to altering, eliminating filibuster to advance voting rights Pelosi says GOP senators 'voted to aid and abet' voter suppression for blocking revised elections bill Manchin insists he hasn't threatened to leave Democrats MORE (R-Ky.) said Friday night that Republicans would move to fill the vacancy left by Ginsburg.

Trump on Saturday signaled that he would put forward a nominee and pushed Republicans to confirm a pick "without delay."