President Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh to fill the soon-to-be open spot on the Supreme Court bench.
The focus now shifts to what’s expected to be a knock-down, drag-out fight over Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
Republicans are pleased with the pick because it cements conservative control of the high court, but Democrats are worried that a right-leaning court could cripple existing laws on abortion, healthcare, and LGBT rights.
The Republicans’ razor-thin majority won’t matter if they can work together, but they may need help from a few red-state Democrats.
Kavanaugh serves on the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. If confirmed, he’d replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was a critical swing vote on several landmark cases.
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