The Senate Judiciary Committee will consider Ruth Bader Ginsburg's replacement. Here are the members up for reelection

Chelsey Cox

With an open seat on the Supreme Court following Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death on Friday, the makeup of the Senate Judiciary Committee becomes a point of focus in Congress.

The committee is responsible for vetting Supreme Court nominees for the full Senate, which votes to confirm a nominee to the bench. Currently, Republicans hold 12 committee spots while 10 belong to Democrats. But that could change after the November election, when Democrats hope to reclaim a Senate majority and thus an advantage in the Judiciary Committee. 

Eight of the 22 committee members are up for reelection in November. Here's what their races look like: 

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Five Republicans on the committee are facing reelection in their states:

Lindsey Graham

Committee Chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is running against Democrat Jaime Harrison. An August Quinnipiac University poll found the two candidates nearly tied, while a Morning Consult poll showed Graham ahead by one point in a state Trump won by 14 percentage points in 2016.

Following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in 2016, Graham, said the Supreme Court vacancy should not be filled until after the election. On Saturday, Graham tweeted he "fully understood" where President Donald Trump was coming from after the president said Republicans should move to fill the Supreme Court vacancy "without delay."

Joni Ernst

Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa is running against Democrat Theresa Greenfield in a close race. A Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll released Saturday showed Ernst, a first-term senator, down by three points. 

Ernst faced criticism for a fundraising email sent by her campaign shortly after    Ginsburg's death that mentioned a vacancy on the Supreme Court bench, according to ABC affiliate KCRG

Soon after Ginsburg disclosed another battle with cancer In July, Ernst said the Senate should hold hearings on any Supreme Court nomination made by Trump, even if he loses the 2020 election.

 "(If) it is a lame-duck session, I would support going ahead with any hearings that           we might have. And if it comes to an appointment prior to the end of the year, I           would be supportive of that," Ernst said during a taping of the Iowa Press show on Iowa PBS.

Thom Tillis

Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina was elected to the Senate in 2014 but faces a tough race against Democrat Cal Cunningham. Cunningham held a roughly 3 percentage point lead over Tillis in an Emerson College poll last month. 

Tillis said he would support Trump's Supreme Court nominee in a statement released Saturday.

"There is a clear choice on the future of the Supreme Court between the well-qualified and conservative jurist President Trump will nominate and I will support, and the liberal activist Joe Biden will nominate and Cal Cunningham will support, who will legislate radical, left-wing policies from the bench," Tillis said. 

John Cornyn

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas is serving his third term in the Senate. He will face-off against Democrat and U.S. Air Force veteran M.J. Hegar in November.

Cornyn voted to nominate Trump's picks, Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, to the Supreme Court in 2017 and 2018.

Ben Sasse

First-term Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska is running against Democratic opponent Chris Janicek. Sasse also voted to confirm Gorsuch and Kavanaugh.


Three Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee are also up for reelection:

Chris Coons

Delaware Sen. Chris Coons is running against Republican and Trump supporter Lauren Witzke. Coons has served in the Senate since defeating Tea Party candidate Christine O'Donnell in 2010. 

Coons announced his intent to wait to fill Ginsburg's seat until after the upcoming presidential inauguration in a statement released Saturday.

“Out of respect for her enormous contributions, with faith in our democracy, and mindful of the lasting consequences of her replacement, we should honor her final wish that she should be replaced only after the next presidential inauguration," Coons said.

Dick Durbin

Sen. Dick Durbin has represented Illinois since 1997. As minority whip, Durbin is the second ranking Democratic member of the Senate. He is running against Republican Mark Curran.

On Friday, Durbin stated his commitment to wait until after the inauguration to fill the Supreme Court vacancy.

"If four Republican Senators commit not to vote to fill this Supreme Court vacancy until after the presidential inauguration, then the voices of the American people will have a chance to be heard," Durbin said in a tweet.

Cory Booker

After dropping out of the 2020 Democratic presidential race in January, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker filed for reelection. He was reelected to the Senate in 2014 after winning a special election in 2013. The incumbent is running against Republican Rik Mehta, a pharmacist and lawyer who won the nomination in July.

Booker voted against nominating Gorsuch and Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Joe Biden's running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, is also a Democratic member of the committee. Though her term isn't up until 2023, she would no longer serve on the committee if Biden wins the presidency.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is running against Democrat Amy McGrath in an upcoming reelection bid. He announced Friday that Trump's nominee "will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate."

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