Gorsuch at his confirmation hearing. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Republicans have "a narrower margin for error than they did when the Senate confirmed Trump's first Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, by a vote of 54-45 in April 2017," AP's Kevin Freking writes.
The bottom line: This time, the GOP might only have one vote to lose.
How we got here:
- Democratic Sen. Doug Jones won in Alabama, replacing Republican Luther Strange and slashing the Republicans majority in the Senate to 51–49.
- If Republican Sens. Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski vote "no" on Trump's Supreme Court pick and all Democrats also vote "no," the nominee would be blocked.
- Yes, but: Republican Sen. John McCain has been away from Washington since December as he fights brain cancer.
- If he misses the vote, that margin becomes that 50–49. And only one Republican senator has to vote with the Democrats to block the nomination.