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Ron Johnson says November election is 'for all the marbles' amid SCOTUS fight

Ron Johnson says November election is 'for all the marbles' amid SCOTUS fight
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Republican Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonOvernight Health Care: WHO-backed Covax gets a boost from Moderna Vaccine hesitancy among lawmakers slows return to normalcy on Capitol Hill FBI was aware Giuliani was a target of a Russian influence campaign ahead of 2020 election: report MORE (Wis.) said Sunday that if Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to meet with 6 GOP senators next week Arizona secretary of state gets security detail over death threats surrounding election audit On The Money: Five takeaways on a surprisingly poor jobs report | GOP targets jobless aid after lackluster April gain MORE wins the presidential election next month, “America would change forever" adding that in his view, “this election is for all the marbles.” 

“America would change forever. This election is for all the marbles. The Senate Democrats would pack the court. They would get rid of the filibuster so they could enact all these crazy socialist… policies,” Johnson told John Catsimatidis Sunday on his radio show “The Cats Roundtable” on WABC 77 AM.

The senator was referring to calls from some Democrats to add more justices to the Supreme Court and to end the Senate filibuster following the death of Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgCourt watchers buzz about Breyer's possible retirement Five hot-button issues Biden didn't mention in his address to Congress Schumer waiting for recommendation on Supreme Court expansion MOREBiden has so far not publicly taken a position on either issue. 

“I don’t know how this country would recover from it,” Johnson said.

Johnson was one of several top Republican officials in President TrumpDonald TrumpDemocrats, activists blast reported Trump DOJ effort to get journalists' phone records Arizona secretary of state gets security detail over death threats surrounding election audit Trump admin got phone records of WaPo reporters covering Russia probe: report MORE’s inner orbit to test positive for COVID-19 in recent days.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden to meet with 6 GOP senators next week GOP is consumed by Trump conspiracy theories The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Upbeat jobs data, relaxed COVID-19 restrictions offer rosier US picture MORE (R-Ky.) announced Saturday that he would be delaying the return of the Senate after Johnson and Sens. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeRepublicans urge probe into Amazon government cloud-computing bid: report Allowing a racist slur against Tim Scott to trend confirms social media's activist bias Senate passes bipartisan B water infrastructure bill MORE (R-Utah) and Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisSenate hears from Biden's high-profile judicial nominees for first time Senate Democrats take aim at 'true lender' interest rate rule Former North Carolina chief justice launches Senate campaign MORE (R-N.C.) all contracted the disease. 

The delay and diagnoses come as the Senate GOP looks to swiftly confirm Judge Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettCourt watchers buzz about Breyer's possible retirement Five hot-button issues Biden didn't mention in his address to Congress Conservative justices split in ruling for immigrant fighting deportation MORE to the Supreme Court after Trump announced her nomination last Saturday. 

With one month to go until the presidential election, Johnson also echoed Trump’s repeated claims that mail-in voting will lead to widespread voter fraud. There is no substantial evidence to support this claim. 

“You are just opening yourself up to ballot stuffing and voter fraud,” Johnson said. “Now you’ve got all these judicial activists — liberal justices who are making up election law on the fly… This could be chaos.”

A coalition of civil rights and voter advocacy groups filed a lawsuit late Thursday against Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas) and other Texas officials over a state policy cutting down the number of ballot drop-off locations. The governor had announced Thursday that the state would only allow one drop-off location in each of Texas’s 254 counties. 

“In the midst of an election that is already underway, forcing such new burdens on voters who relied on a different set of election rules to make their voting plan, is unreasonable, unfair, and unconstitutional,” the groups argued in the lawsuit. 

John Catsimatidis is an investor in The Hill.