Supreme Court showdown to fill Justice Ginsburg's seat

President Trump vowed to pick a woman and wants the Senate to vote on his nominee before the election as two key Republicans seem to be the support he needs.
4:53 | 09/22/20

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At the supreme court the flags are flying at half mass for Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Her casket will arrive at the court for a private ceremony. Then she will lie in repose for a public evening. On Friday after a formal ceremony justice Ginsburg will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol. She's the first woman to be celebrated that way. The battle over justice Ginsburg's replacement is intensifying. The president saying he plans to name his choice to fill the seat by the end of the week. Overnight a key senate Republican saying they have the votes to confirm his pick by election day. Our senior congressional correspondent Mary Bruce has all the latest details. Good morning, Mary. Reporter: Gom, robin. President trump is raising the stakes calling for the senate to vote on his nominee before election day. This morning it seems he has the votes. Republicans here all but certain to have enough support to confirm trump's nominee. As he nears his decision president trump at a rally in Ohio relishing the opportunity to fill another seat on the supreme court. Who would like to see a woman justice of the supreme court? Reporter: Who would like to see a male justice of the supreme court? Reporter: He's promised it will be a woman. This morning the president narrowing his choice between these five. Sources tell ABC Amy coney Barrett is the leading contender and she met with the president in person yesterday describing it as a very good conversation. A former clerk for justice Scalia, she's a devote catholic. Also high on the list Barbara Lagoa, a former chief justice of the Florida supreme court. Born in Miami her family fled Cuba. They left Cuba without anything but their education, their strong work ethic and desire to succeed. These are values they instilled in me. Reporter: Picking her could help the president politically in the state of Florida. It looks likely Republicans will have the votes to confirm trump's nominee now that senators Cory Gardner and chuck grassley announce they'll support a vote. Lindsey graham vowing to forge ahead. We have the vote toss confirm the justice on the floor of the senate before the election. Reporter: It's a complete turn around from what he said in 2016 when graham promised Republicans would not take up a supreme court nomination in an election year. You can say Lindsey graham said let's let the next president make that nomination. You can use my words against me and would be absolutely right. Reporter: Republicans refused in 2016 to confirm president Obama's nomination. Mitch Mcconnell insists this is different. Unlike in 2016 the senate and white house are controlled by the same party. Democrats are accusing Republicans of playing politics. Why not say I'll do with whatever is best for my political party, consistency be damned. Just admit it. Reporter: It was reportedly justice Ginsburg's dying wish she not be replaced until after the election. President trump implied it was made up by Democrats. I don't think that she said that. Reporter: Ginsburg's grand daughter telling the bbc she recorded that last wish herself. I asked her if there was anything she wanted to say to the public, to anyone that wasn't already out there. She said there was. She said my most fer vent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed. Reporter: Now while Democrats have very little power here they'll make the fight all about the issues at stake. They say the affordable care about is on the line with the court set to hear a challenge that could in validate the law one weak week after the election. Also looming several abortion cases before the court and a possible contests election. Michael?

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