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John McCain, Rob Portman Endorse Yearlong Wait for Scalia Replacement

Arizona’s John McCain (at podium) and Ohio’s Rob Portman (to McCain’s left) with other senators at a press conference on Feb. 8, 2011, in Washington, D.C.

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Two prominent and occasionally-somewhat-moderate Republican senators have joined Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in saying that President Obama should not name a replacement for Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia, a move that would leave a vacancy on the court for a year or more.

Ohio’s Rob Portman, who is running for re-election this fall:

And John McCain, who is up for re-election as well:

The next president will not be inaugurated until Jan. 20, 2017—and, of course, that president could be a Democrat, in which case Republicans might be dealing with more liberal nominee than they’re expecting Obama to pick. (Here’s what would happen to pending Supreme Court cases in the absence of a ninth justice.)

See more of Slate’s coverage of Antonin Scalia.