*Lindsey Graham - In 2018, when Graham was in line to take over the committee with jurisdiction over Supreme Court nominees, he said that "if an opening comes in the last year of President Trump's term, and the primary process has started, we'll wait till the next election."There you have it. Whether it means anything or not is surely debatable and only time will tell.
Graham was even more explicit in 2016, saying, "I want you to use my words against me: If there's a Republican president in 2016 and a vacancy occurs in the last year of the first term, you can say Lindsey Graham said, Let's let the next president, whoever it might be, make that nomination.' And you could use my words against me, and you'd be absolutely right."
*Lisa Murkowski - "I would not vote to confirm a Supreme Court nominee. We are 50 some days away from an election," she said Friday, according to Alaska Public Media. "When Republicans held off Merrick Garland it was because nine months prior to the election was too close, we needed to let people decide. And I agreed to do that. If we now say that months prior to the election is okay when nine months was not, that is a double standard and I don't believe we should do it. So I would not support it."
*Susan Collins - The Maine GOP senator, who faces a tough reelection in a blue state this year, told the New York Times earlier this month about voting for a new justice in October, "I think that's too close. I really do."
She also said, according to Martin, that she would oppose seating one in the lame duck if there's a newly elected president.
*Charles Grassley - Grassley, in defending the Garland gambit in 2018, cited precedent, saying that "it was very legitimate that you can't have one rule for Democratic presidents and another rule for Republican presidents."
Grassley also told NBC News last month that he "couldn't move forward with it" if he were in charge of the Judiciary Committee like he was for Trump's first two Supreme Court nominees.
*Cory Gardner - The Colorado GOP senator said in 2016, after Justice Antonin Scalia died, that "I think we're too close to the election. The president who is elected in November should be the one who makes this decision."
*Mitt Romney - It's not yet clear where he stands on this. He told the Hill last month: "I'm not at a point where I have something to say," and his office disputed a rumor that he had decided not to confirm a nominee before Inauguration Day.
But perhaps needless to say, if Romney is on board with a Trump nominee, the nominee would stand a very good chance. He'd be one of the first votes you'd expect the nominee would lose " probably a must-have.