Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey says he'll oppose Trump's Supreme Court pick

Trump himself has indicated that his selection is down to four prospects: Brett Kavanaugh, a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals; Amy Coney Barrett, a judge on the 7th Circuit; Raymond Kethledge, on the 6th Circuit; and Thomas Hardiman, on the 3rd Circuit.

Donald Trump is poised to continue his remake of the U.S. Supreme Court, with a nomination to be announced Monday night that could solidify conservative jurisprudence for years.

Trump has been uncharacteristically circumspect about what he is thinking as the process has unfolded.

"Red-state Democrats are going to have a very hard decision, and I hope that every Republican will rally behind these picks because they're all outstanding", Sen.

But, they said, McConnell did note that Hardiman and Kethledge could fare well in the Senate because their reputations and records were not as politically charged as others on the president's shortlist of nominees.

Democrats see the seat being vacated by Justice Kennedy, a conservative judge who sometimes sided with the court's liberal wing, as critical to maintaining abortion rights and key provisions of former President Barack Obama's healthcare plan. She no longer hears cases.

In anticipation of Trump filling the vacancy left by the retiring Anthony Kennedy - widely considered to be the court's "swing vote" - with a judge thought to have more conservative bona fides, many outside advocacy groups are already bracing for what will likely be a contentious confirmation battle.

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"If the president came out and said I'm nominating Thomas Jefferson, the Democrats would object".

Casey's opponent in the Senate race, U.S. Rep Lou Barletta, R-Hazleton, has criticized Casey for his opposition to a Hardiman nomination. A former aide to a Republican senator, Kethledge also previously worked as an in-house lawyer for Ford Motor Co. Barrett was appointed by Trump to the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals a year ago. Barrett, a married mother of seven and a devout Roman Catholic, is a favorite among social conservatives and conservative Christian leaders.

Kennedy was in the 5-4 majority that decided in June 2015 the Constitution that guarantees the right to same-sex marriage. Democrats are voicing alarm about what the new justice could mean for charged issues such as abortion rights and gay rights.

The reveal is scheduled to take place at 9 p.m.

Trump's selection will set up a confirmation showdown in the U.S. Senate, where his fellow Republicans hold a slim 51-49 majority, though with ailing Senator John McCain battling cancer in his home state of Arizona they now can muster only 50 votes. Democrats are banking on the possibility they could retake control of the Senate, which would give them greater influence in the naming and confirmation - or blocking - of a nominee. "Maybe a handful of Democrats will vote for a Trump pick because they have to politically". Gorsuch restored the court's conservative majority.

Outside adviser Leonard Leo, now on leave from the Federalist Society, said on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday that this kind of jockeying is standard, noting that "every potential nominee before announcement gets concerns expressed about them by people who might ultimately support them".

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