Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) announced Tuesday that he believes President Trump should get to choose a replacement for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg regardless of whether he wins in November. The move clears the way for a vote this year by the GOP-led Senate on a nominee that Trump is expected to name at 5p.m. on Saturday.

The development cane as both the campaigns of Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden focused Tuesday on Rust Belt states Trump narrowly won four years ago. Trump head a rally in Pennsylvania, while Biden dispatched his running mate, Kamala D. Harris, to Michigan, while he held virtual fundraisers.

During a stop in Flint, Mich., Harris is highlighted t fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, which has claimed more than 200,000 lives in the United States. Vice President Pence campaigned in New Hampshire, a state Democrat Hillary Clinton narrowly won in 2016.

With 42 days until Election Day …

  • Biden’s moderation contrasts with Democratic rage as a fight looms over the Supreme Court vacancy.
  • Democrats are largely powerless to stop the GOP from confirming Trump’s Supreme Court choice.
  • Trump says he will announce his Supreme Court pick by the end of the week after meeting with a top candidate for Ginsburg’s seat.
  • Biden leads Trump by eight percentage points nationally, 51 percent to 43 percent, according to a Washington Post average of polls. Biden’s margin is the same in Michigan and smaller in other key states: seven points in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, six in Arizona and two in Florida.
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