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Supreme Court Battle Moves to Senators' Home States

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By    |   Tuesday, 22 Mar 2016 01:03 PM

Republicans in the Senate appear to be unable to leave the Supreme Court nominee issue at work, even when they head home to the states they represent.

Activists are mobilizing in Pennsylvania, Ohio and New Hampshire ahead of those states' upcoming elections, thanks to efforts by MoveOn.org and Americans United for Change, according to The Baltimore Sun.

The groups aim to put pressure on the Republican senators to consider nominee Merrick Garland, which goes against the plans of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

"I'm just so upset at this obstructionist attitude in Congress," said retired librarian Susan Wooley, at a protest in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. "They think they have the right not to do their job."

A CBS News/The New York Times poll showed a majority favors the Senate considering the nominee.

Many senators, when they're back in their home states, are focusing on local issues instead of the Supreme Court.

They're getting help from the conservative group Judicial Crisis Network, with a $2 million ad campaign.

A spokesman for Republican Sen. Patrick J. Toomey said Toomey believes voters "should have a voice" in deciding the next justice, and the next presidential election will be that time.

Activists are rallying outside senators' offices in several states, including Ohio, Texas, Wisconsin, and Iowa, reports the Redding, Calif. Record Searchlight.

In Ohio, protestor Barbara Leaking said, "This idea that they need to wait until the people have spoken, well, the people already did speak. They spoke when they elected Obama twice."

Sen. Harry Reid told NBC's "Meet the Press" he doesn't "know why McConnell has done this to his senators. He's marching these men, women over a cliff."

Texas Sen. John Cornyn addressed the issue in an email, "We can't allow President Obama to sneak his Supreme Court nominee past the American people!"

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