High Court Candidate Battle Likely To Shape Next Senate

By Daniel Wilson (February 17, 2016, 9:56 PM EST) -- The Senate confirmation battle over the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy left by Justice Antonin Scalia's unexpected death will put increasing pressure on senators up for re-election in toss-up states and is likely to figure into the makeup of the next Senate, experts said.

With Justice Scalia's death on Saturday, a key issue that will influence upcoming federal elections is a potentially bitter fight over the perceived balance of the nation's highest court, according to experts on the judicial confirmation process and the intersection of politics and the judiciary.

Thirty-four of the Senate's 100 seats are up for grabs in this year's...

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