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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has vowed that Mr. Trump's nominee would get a vote on the Senate floor, but the Senate is narrowly divided, with 53 Republicans and 47 Democrats, and if all the Democrats stand together in opposition, should four Republicans join them, the seat will have to wait until next year to be filled.So far, two have said they do not support voting on a nominee before the election.Here are the senators to watch as the battle over the nomination proceeds.The day after Ginsburg's death, Maine Senator Susan Collins said in a statement she doesn't support a vote before the election. She told Iowa PBS in July that she would support confirmation hearings on Mr. Trump's pick if a seat became vacant and an "appointment prior to the end of the year."The GOP 2012 presidential nominee already broke ranks during the impeachment hearing when he was the only Republican willing to vote to convict Mr. Trump on one of the articles of impeachment, but he has not yet indicated whether he would support a Supreme Court nomination before the election.Romney issued a statement on Friday after Ginsburg's death that did not mention the looming battle for her seat, but he did note her longtime friendship with conservative Justice Antonin Scalia."Justice Ginsburg served our nation with a deep reverence for the law and our Constitution," Romney said in a statement. On Sunday, Alexander issued a statement saying he wanted to move forward with Mr. Trump's pick."No one should be surprised that a Republican Senate majority would vote on a Republican President's Supreme Court nomination, even during a presidential election year," Alexander said.

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