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Ginsburg's granddaughter cuts election ad for progressive group: 'Make her voice heard at the ballot box'

Ginsburg's granddaughter cuts election ad for progressive group: 'Make her voice heard at the ballot box'
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The granddaughter of Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader Ginsburg, George Floyd among options for 'Remember the Titans' school's new name Bipartisan anger builds over police failure at Capitol Lindsey Graham praises Merrick Garland as 'sound choice' to serve as attorney general MORE is calling on voters to honor the late Supreme Court justice's legacy and "make her voice heard at the ballot box" in a new ad from liberal political advocacy groups MoveOn and Demand Justice. 

“To the world, she was an icon, the Notorious RBG,” Clara Spera, a lawyer and women’s rights activist, begins in the ad

“But to me, she was Bubbie,” Spera says, referring to the Yiddish word for "grandmother." 

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“Her final wish was that her seat on the Supreme Court not be filled until after the election. It’s up to us to make her voice heard at the ballot box, to keep fighting the battles she waged for women’s equality and justice for all,” Spera adds in the video, titled “Notorious.” 

Ginsburg died in September after losing a battle with pancreatic cancer. 

“My grandmother changed the course of history,” she continues, “Now it’s our turn.”

“Make a plan. Vote by Tuesday,” Spera tells viewers. 

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Spera’s video appearance comes just three days before the presidential election, with Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenConfirmation hearing for Biden's DNI pick postponed Biden's Sunday inauguration rehearsal postponed due to security concerns: report Murkowski says it would be 'appropriate' to bar Trump from holding office again MORE leading President TrumpDonald TrumpEx-Trump lawyer Cohen to pen forward for impeachment book Murkowski says it would be 'appropriate' to bar Trump from holding office again Man known as 'QAnon Shaman' asks Trump for pardon after storming Capitol MORE in national polling. 

A Fox News poll released Friday showed Biden with an 8 percentage point lead over Trump, 52 percent to 44 percent.  

The most recent polling average from RealClearPolitics shows a similar margin, with Biden holding a 7.8 percentage point lead over the sitting president, although the race is much closer in key battleground states, including Florida and Pennsylvania. 

Following the news of Ginsburg’s death, NPR reported that Ginsburg had told Spera, “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”

However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump seeks to freeze .4 billion of programs in final week of presidency McConnell about to school Trump on political power for the last time Murkowski blasts Trump's election claims, calls House impeachment appropriate MORE (R-Ky.), within hours of the news of Ginsburg’s death, said that the upper chamber would vote on Trump's Supreme Court pick before the election. 

Democrats repeatedly condemned the move as well as the subsequent nomination and Senate Judiciary Committee hearings pushed forth by GOP lawmakers for Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettCapitol Police Board — the structural flaw in leadership 2020: A year in photos Planned Parenthood president says abortion work shouldn't be marginalized MORE

Barrett was confirmed 52-48 in a largely party-line vote Monday. Only one GOP senator — Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsMcConnell about to school Trump on political power for the last time McConnell says he's undecided on whether to vote to convict Trump 'I saw my life flash before my eyes': An oral history of the Capitol attack MORE (Maine) — opposed Barrett’s nomination because of its proximity to Election Day.

Democrats and women's rights advocates worry that the now 6-3 conservative majority on the high court will lead to the overturning of the historic landmark decision in Roe v. Wade, which established a woman’s right to an abortion. 

Ginsburg herself was seen by many as a champion for reproductive rights and equal access to health care for women. 

During Barrett’s confirmation hearings, she said that she did not consider Roe v. Wade a "superprecedent," a term meaning a decision so widely accepted that it is invulnerable to serious legal challenges that could see it overturned.

However, Barrett has repeatedly declined to offer her personal opinion on various court rulings, including Roe v. Wade, arguing it would be a violation of judicial conduct.