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The name of the candidate promised Saturday, September 19 by Donald Trump to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg, icon of women’s struggles at the Supreme Court, is not yet known, but the battle for confirmation by the United States Senate is already underway . As after the brutal death of conservative judge Antonin Scalia, in February 2016, the leader of the Republican majority immediately cut his cards by affirming that ” President Trump’s candidate will be entitled to a vote in the United States Senate “. Four years ago, the same Mitch McConnell blocked the choice of Democratic President Barack Obama, assuring that the latter had lost all legitimacy eleven months after leaving the White House.

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The calculation of the leader of the Republican majority, master of the agenda of the upper assembly, is not in doubt. He is convinced that he can rally behind him the majority who acquitted Donald Trump in February, after his indictment by the House of Representatives. The equation is, however, far more complex than at the start of the year, for questions of electoral fortune as well as timing.

With only three votes ahead, the Republican majority remains fragile. Mitch McConnell is betting on pressure from the conservative base on a subject that could potentially have repercussions on the right to abortion, a key marker of the “culture war” between the two major American parties. The Conservative camp can lose three votes and still achieve its goals thanks to the vote of Vice President Mike Pence, who is also the Speaker of the Senate.

The most watched names are the same as in February: they are those of Senators Susan Collins (Maine), whose re-election in November is not assured, Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Mitt Romney (Utah ). The first two, rather centrist, do not want to be associated with a limitation of the right to abortion. Susan Collins was the first, after the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, to plead on Saturday that the nomination be made by the president-elect on November 3, the position taken by the Grand Old Party in 2016.

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