Trump, Biden head to battleground states as court drama plays out in Washington

September 21, 2020 at 8:27 PM EDT

Trump says he will announce Supreme Court pick by end of week after meeting with a top candidate for Ginsburg seat

Jockeying over Trump’s next Supreme Court pick ramped up Monday as the president pledged to unveil his candidate to replace Ginsburg by the end of the week and conservative groups began aligning behind a push to quickly confirm the eventual nominee.

Trump continued to sound out advice from senior White House officials, key Senate Republicans and conservative leaders about his Supreme Court choice, who if confirmed would cement a conservative majority on the court for years. The momentum appeared to grow behind Barrett, who met with Trump at the White House on Monday, according to two people familiar with her visit.

She is a favorite of religious conservatives and is already battle-tested after going through a ferocious confirmation fight in 2017 for her seat on the appeals court. But Trump aides and allies continue to push other candidates, with Judge Barbara Lagoa of the 11th Circuit considered the other top contender.

By Seung Min Kim, Josh Dawsey and Robert Costa

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