GOP Senator Lisa Murkowski says she’ll oppose Supreme Court nomination before Election

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, returns to the Senate chamber after a meeting in the Majority Leaders office during a break in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol Friday Jan 31, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KXAN) — Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she will oppose a vote on a U.S. Supreme Court nominee before the 2020 Presidential Election, CNN reports.

Murkowski, who has served the state of Alaska since 2002, says her position remains the same now, in the wake of the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as it was in 2016, in the wake of Judge Antonin Scalia.

“For weeks, I have stated that I would not support taking up a potential Supreme Court vacancy this close to the election. Sadly, what was then a hypothetical is now our reality, but my position has not changed,” Murkowski said in a statement.

Murkowski joins fellow Republican Susan Collins, of Maine, becoming key in the opposition to filling Ginsburg’s seat.

Senate Republicans will need 51 votes to confirm a new justice after a formal nomination. Should three Republicans oppose nomination, the nomination would be stalled until at least after the Nov. 3 Presidential Election.

Murkowski has not indicated if she would oppose Trump’s nominee in a lame-duck session should Democrat Joe Biden win.

This is a developing story. Stay with News 2 and WKRN.com for updates.

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