Graham: Red-state Dems 'are going to have a very hard decision' on Supreme Court pick

Graham: Red-state Dems 'are going to have a very hard decision' on Supreme Court pick
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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamHouse Judiciary Committee to hold hearing on police brutality next week McCabe, Rosenstein spar over Russia probe Rosenstein takes fire from Republicans in heated testimony MORE (R-S.C.) said Sunday that red-state Senate Democrats are going to face a tough decision on whether to confirm President TrumpDonald John TrumpFormer employees critique EPA under Trump in new report Fired State Department watchdog says Pompeo aide attempted to 'bully' him over investigations Virginia senator calls for Barr to resign over order to clear protests MORE's next Supreme Court pick, urging Republicans to "rally behind" the eventual nominee. 

"Red-state Democrats are going to have a very hard decision, and I hope that every Republican will rally behind these picks because they’re all outstanding," Graham said on "Fox News Sunday."

Trump is expected to announce his pick to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Monday, putting Senate Democrats who are up for reelection in states Trump won in a delicate position.

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Democrats in those states risk isolating moderate voters who say the Senate should confirm the Supreme Court nominee. But voting to confirm the nominee could hurt their support among the party's base. 

Trump's shortlist for the Supreme Court nomination is thought to include conservative judges Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett and Raymond Kethledge, among others. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate passes bill to give flexibility for small business coronavirus aid program On The Money: GOP turning against new round of ,200 rebate checks | Millions of Americans frustrated by delayed unemployment checks | Senate votes to give coronavirus relief program more flexibility Rand Paul holding up quick passage of anti-lynching bill MORE (R-Ky.) has said he wants to hold a vote on the nominee before the midterm elections in November, while Democratic leaders hope to delay the vote until after the election.

Kennedy, who announced his retirement from the high court late last month, was often seen as a swing vote on the bench. In his more than three decades on the Supreme Court, Kennedy sided with the court's conservatives on issues like religious freedom and with its liberals on abortion and gay rights.