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Obama: Senate Races Will Affect Supreme Court

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President Barack Obama mentions actions in Congress before signing the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplace” executive order, requiring prospective federal contractors to disclose labor law violations, Thursday, July 31, 2014, in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

President Barack Obama mentions actions in Congress before signing the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplace” executive order, requiring prospective federal contractors to disclose labor law violations, Thursday, July 31, 2014, in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

 

(USA Today) – President Obama reminded donors Monday night that another issue could be at stake in this year’s U.S. Senate elections: Control of the Supreme Court.

“We’re going to have Supreme Court appointments,” Obama told donors at a fundraiser in Tisbury, Mass. “And there are going to be a whole host of issues that many people here care about that are going to be determined by whether or not Democrats retain the Senate.”

(Note: The White House said Obama wasn’t referring to a specific vacancy in the near future, only the general idea that there will be openings eventually.)

A Republican-run Senate — and polls indicate that is a distinct possibility after the November elections — could well force Obama to pick a different kind of nominee to the high court, should an opening occur. It could also block a potential nominee.

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