Moments After Scalia’s Death Is Confirmed, GOP Senate Staffer Pledges To Block Any Obama Replacement

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Last night, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died in his sleep. His death was confirmed this afternoon by the Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott:

Scalia’s unexpected passing sets up a politically charged battle to replace him. Mere moments after his death was confirmed, Conn Carroll, a key staffer for Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), promised Republicans would block anyone that Obama nominated.

The longest it has ever taken to confirm a Supreme Court nominee is 125 days. Obama has 361 days left in office.