Loeffler: Trump 'has every right' to fill Ginsburg vacancy before election

Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerSenate GOP worries Trump could derail bid for majority Perdue mulling primary challenge against Kemp in Georgia: report McConnell backs Herschel Walker in Georgia Senate race MORE (R-Ga.) said the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgYankee Doodling the media: How 'Let's Go Brandon' became a rallying cry against news bias Katie Couric: CNN shouldn't have let Chris Cuomo 'yuk it up' with brother Andrew during pandemic Katie Couric dismisses early coverage of book as 'strange, willful misinterpretation' MORE should be filled this year.

“My prayers are with the Ginsburg family. Our country’s future is at stake &@realDonaldTrump has every right to pick a new justice before the election. I look forward to supporting a strict constructionist who will protect the right to life & safeguard our conservative values,” Loeffler tweeted. 

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Loeffler was the first senator to say after Ginsburg’s death that she wants the vacancy filled ahead of what is expected to be an intense partisan fight over whether to confirm a replacement in an election year.

Sen. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyBusiness groups, sensing victory, keep up pressure over tax hikes Kelly raises million in third quarter Ruben Gallego is left's favorite to take on Sinema MORE (R-Ariz.) also said later that "This U.S. Senate should vote on President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 panel faces double-edged sword with Alex Jones, Roger Stone Trump goes after Woodward, Costa over China Republicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves MORE's next nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court."

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Republicans prevented former President Obama from filling a Supreme Court vacancy after Justice Antonin Scalia’s death in 2016, arguing that the spot should not be filled in an election year. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellRepublicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves Graham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks Five reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season MORE (R-Ky.) later on Friday night said he would move to fill the seat.

Prior to her death, Ginsburg, a reliable liberal vote on the court who was nominated by former President Clinton, indicated she wished to be replaced by a new president.

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In a statement to her granddaughter that was obtained by NPR, Ginsburg said “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”

Ginsburg’s death will likely make the Supreme Court a top issue in races up and down the ballot, with Democrats already saying that Ginsburg’s vacancy should not be filled in an election year. 

Loeffler, who was appointed to her seat, joined the Senate this year and is facing a tough election to fill the term of the 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), who resigned in late 2019 due to health concerns. The Georgia lawmaker has worked to win over skeptical Republicans by casting herself as a staunch ally of President Trump.