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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 LoefflerRepublicans scramble to shore up support in Ga. as Democrats gain Democrats make gains in Georgia Senate races: poll Senate Republicans offer constitutional amendment to block Supreme Court packing MORE and Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsRepublicans scramble to shore up support in Ga. as Democrats gain Democrats make gains in Georgia Senate races: poll Perdue's rival raises nearly M after senator mispronounces Kamala Harris's name MORE each cited a push to restrict abortion as a reason to vote on a Supreme Court pick from President TrumpDonald John TrumpJudge rules to not release Russia probe documents over Trump tweets Trump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida 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 GinsburgDemocrats to boycott committee vote on Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination Mitt Romney did not vote for Trump in 2020 election The Senate should evoke RBG in its confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett 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."

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"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 IsaksonQAnon-promoter Marjorie Taylor Greene endorses Kelly Loeffler in Georgia Senate bid Biden up by 7 points in Georgia: survey Loeffler tweets edited video showing Trump taking down coronavirus in wrestling match MORE (R-Ga.), who resigned at the end of 2019 due to health problems.

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 McConnellOn The Money: Power players play chess match on COVID-19 aid | Pelosi bullish, Trump tempers optimism | Analysis: Nearly 1M have run out of jobless benefits Trump casts doubt on hopes for quick stimulus deal after aides expressed optimism Power players play chess match on COVID-19 aid 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."