President Trump said he will announce his SCOTUS nominee on July 9. Photo: Al Drago-Pool/Getty Images

A new NBC News/SurveyMonkey poll shows 62% of voters want the Senate to vote on President Trump's Supreme Court nominee before the November midterm elections.

Why it matters: Democrats have been calling for the exact opposite, but this doesn't mean they're in peril — 66% of Democrats across the country said the nominee is an important factor in their vote, which could fire up the Dem base even more.

But, but, but: Less than half of Independents view the SCOTUS nominee as an integral part of their vote in the midterms. President Trump said he will announce his pick on July 9.

One more thing: A majority of voters (61%) on both sides said they just want a SCOTUS justice who will uphold Roe v. Wade.

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Marc Short with Katie Miller, Vice President Pence's communications director, in March. Photo: Doug Mills/The New York Times via Reuters

Marc Short, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, tested positive for the coronavirus Saturday and is quarantining, according to a White House statement.

Why it matters: Short is Pence's closest aide, and was one of the most powerful forces on the White House coronavirus task force.

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Venezuelan opposition politician Leopoldo López outside the Spanish embassy in Caracas, in 2019. Photo: Juan Barreto/AFP via Getty Images

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Why it matters: He's been an influential force in the push to oust President Nicolás Maduro's regime and a mentor to opposition leader Juan Guaidó. He'd been in the Spanish ambassador's Caracas residence since escaping house arrest in April 2019 following a failed military uprising.

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