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Loretta Lynch

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Attorney General Loretta Lynch is the “most likely candidate” to replace the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia according to analyst Tom Goldstein. Citing that Lynch was recently vetted for attorney general, Goldstein says it makes practical sense that she could be nominated quickly.

Lynch would be the first black woman ever nominated to the nation’s highest court, which could pose a perception problem for the GOP should they not reasonably consider her nomination. Given her history as a career prosecutor, it would be difficult to paint her as excessively liberal.  Any negative casting on their part might serve to “motivate both black and women voters” away from supporting a GOP candidate.