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McConnell Signals Vote On New SCOTUS Judge Before Midterms

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks with reporters following a closed door luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 26, 2018.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says his chamber will vote this fall on President Donald Trump's nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement Wednesday.

Says the Kentucky Republican, "It's imperative that the president's nominee be considered fairly and not subjected to personal attacks."

McConnell added that he looks forward to another "outstanding selection" from Trump.

Kennedy has long been a key swing vote, so Trump's selection could tilt the court in a more conservative direction for years to come.

The Senate confirmed Trump's first selection to the high court, Neil Gorsuch, in April 2017.