Her passing on Friday evening has set the stage for an intense battle in the Senate about whether or not to wait until after the election to appoint her replacement. President Donald Trump and most Senate Republicans, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), want to replace her right away, while Democrats are fighting to ensure her replacement in the highest court comes after the election.
The Democrats will need four Republican senators to join them if they are to thwart McConnell and Trump. So far, only two Republicans, Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Ala.), have said they want to wait until after November 3.