A quick look at the "final four" Supreme Court candidates

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Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, said some Democrats could defect from the party.

Hardiman, who turned 53 on Sunday, is a judge on the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals and was the runner-up to Trump's first nominee, Neil Gorsuch. As of Friday, Kavanaugh and Barrett were the top two, but warring between their camps and questions about their potential thorniness and delays in getting confirmed is boosting the chances of Kethledge, Time reports. "And I believe this person will do a great job", Trump said.

Trump is announcing his selection Monday night. That decision was reversed by the U.S. Supreme Court this year in a landmark ruling.

Here's why: Kavanaugh's court rarely issues opinions on Monday. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia. "This is a nightmare for red state Democrats to oppose a highly qualified nominee - and all four [of the reported finalists] are highly qualified, been on the court, know what they are doing, mainstream judges".

All three states lean heavily Republican. Without Republican defections, however, Senate rules leave Democrats with scant options to block confirmation of Trump's nominee. If Mr. McCain is not able to vote, only one Republican would have to defect to derail the confirmation, assuming the Democrats maintain flawless party discpline.

"This president has been more involved and more transparent than any other president in modern history", he said on "America's Newsroom" Monday, noting that Trump was the first president to release a list of potential nominees.

Trump has moved quickly to make a nomination while Republicans hold a bare majority in the Senate, which needs to approve the appointment.

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Trump's aides have prepared briefing books and booked television spots for whomever he picks, anticipating that they'll have little time to spare between his decision and the reveal, sources tell ABC News.

But both senators voted to confirm Gorsuch, who would be expected by conservative activists to vote to return decisions about abortions to the states. Donald Trump could nominate George Washington or John Marshall and they couldn't get through. Sherpas to the nominee will act as a guide during the confirmation process - helping to set up meetings with lawmakers on Capitol Hill and preparing for the eventual confirmation hearing. Kyl, a former member of Republican leadership, was Senator for Arizona for 18 years from 1995 to 2013. He works for Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling.

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The Pittsburgh-based federal appeals judge was the runner up to Justice Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court nomination previous year. He said all four judges on Mr. Trump's shortlist are highly qualified to fill the vacancy on the highest court.

"Certainly, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Barrett have a lot of name recognition among supporters of the president, and I think that ultimately, when people like them are nominated, you'll see a lot of folks line up", he said. He added: "I think they'd be fine justices of the Supreme Court".

In many ways, Trump's pick will further empower the conservative backlash against progressive victories of the Obama era, on issues like gay rights, immigration and health care legislation that set a torch under his shock general election campaign.

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