Clinton: Obama Likely to Pressure GOP With High Court Pick

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ELKO, Nev. (AP) – Hillary Clinton predicts President Barack Obama will nominate someone who’s already been confirmed by the Senate to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

The Democratic candidate for president said that earlier Senate confirmation for a post would potentially increase pressure on resistant Republicans to consider Obama’s choice for the high court.

Clinton made her remarks during a campaign stop in the remote northeastern Nevada town of Elko. The state holds its Democratic caucuses on Saturday.

In the wake of Scalia’s death on Saturday, Republican senators and several GOP presidential candidates have said Obama should not seek to replace the revered conservative jurist during the final 11 months of his term in office.

Instead, they argue, that choice should be left to the winner of this fall’s presidential election.

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