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

Sen. 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 (R-Ga.) said the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of 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 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 McSallySenate is leaning to the Democrats, big time, with a wave Cunningham, Tillis locked in tight race in North Carolina: poll Senate Republicans offer constitutional amendment to block Supreme Court packing MORE (R-Ariz.) also said later that "This U.S. Senate should vote on 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'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 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.) 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 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), 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.