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

Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerGeorgia's top election official looks to shake political drama Collins hits Warnock after All-Star Game pulled: 'Thanks for nothing' High anxiety over Trump in Georgia GOP MORE (R-Ga.) said the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgDemocrats to offer bill to expand Supreme Court Progressives give Biden's court reform panel mixed reviews Biden will let Breyer decide when to retire, aide says 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 McSallyArizona state senator announces bid for Kirkpatrick's seat Democratic Arizona Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick says she won't seek reelection Senate GOP faces retirement brain drain MORE (R-Ariz.) also said later that "This U.S. Senate should vote on President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump mocks Murkowski, Cheney election chances Race debate grips Congress US reentry to Paris agreement adds momentum to cities' sustainability efforts 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 McConnellThe Memo: Biden puts 9/11 era in rear view Anti-Asian hate crimes bill overcomes first Senate hurdle Greitens Senate bid creates headache for GOP 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 IsaksonFive big takeaways on Georgia's new election law Warnock: 'Almost impossible to overstate' importance of voting rights legislation Top Georgia Republican says he won't run for Senate 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.