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U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson said Wisconsin’s election support for President Donald Trump means he should help confirm Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court pick — even as Senate Democrats set up a showdown by touting the votes needed to filibuster, or block, confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch.

Johnson, R-Oshkosh, made the comments in a statement released late Monday.

He declined to say if he supports Senate Republicans invoking the so-called “nuclear option” to remove the filibuster in order to seat Gorsuch on the high court. Political observers say the move could trigger a historic shift in how the Senate operates, making it less consensus-driven and more partisan.

“The voters in my state of Wisconsin spoke. They voted their 10 electoral votes in support of President Trump, and they voted to elect me to confirm President Trump’s nominee to this Supreme Court vacancy,” Johnson said.

Johnson, in his statement, urged his Wisconsin counterpart, Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison, to not join Senate Democrats in the filibuster. The Democrats say they have the 41 votes to keep Gorsuch’s nomination from getting an up-or-down vote in the full Senate.

— Mark Sommerhauser

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