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GOP Senator: If We Lose In November, We Should Confirm Merrick Garland | The Huffington Post EDITION US عربي (Arabi) Australia Brasil Canada Deutschland España France Ελλάδα (Greece) India Italia 日本 (Japan) 한국 (Korea) Maghreb México Québec (En Francais) United Kingdom United States South Africa INFORM • INSPIRE • ENTERTAIN • EMPOWER NEWS WorldPost Highline Science Education Weird News Business TestKitchen Tech College Media POLITICS Pollster Election Results Eat the Press HuffPost Hill Candidate Confessional So That Happened ENTERTAINMENT Sports Comedy Celebrity Books Entertainment TV Arts + Culture WELLNESS Healthy Living Travel Style Taste Home Weddings Divorce Sleep GPS for the Soul WHAT'S WORKING Impact Green Good News Global Health VOICES Black Voices Latino Voices Women Fifty Religion Queer Voices Parents Teen College VIDEO ALL SECTIONS Arts + Culture Black Voices Books Business Candidate Confessional Celebrity College Comedy Crime Divorce Dolce Vita Eat the Press Education Election Results Entertainment Fifty Good News Green Healthy Living Highline Home Horoscopes HuffPost Data HuffPost Hill Impact Latino Voices Media Outspeak Parents Politics Pollster Queer Voices Religion Science Small Business So That Happened Sports Style Taste Tech Teen TestKitchen Travel TV Weddings Weird News Women WorldPost FEATURED GPS for the Soul Hawaii OWN Dr. Phil Quiet Revolution Talk to Me Don't Stress the Mess Endeavor Fearless Dreamers Generation Now Inspiration Generation Paving the Way The Power Of Humanity Sleep + Wellness What's Working: Purpose + Profit What's Working: Small Businesses POLITICS GOP Senator: If We Lose In November, We Should Confirm Merrick Garland Jeff Flake thinks President Obama's Supreme Court nominee is better than whoever Hillary Clinton would pick. 05/09/2016 02:33 pm ET 1.5k Jennifer Bendery White House and Congressional Reporter, The Huffington Post Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) probably isn't the only Republican ready to confirm President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee if Hillary Clinton is elected president in November. WASHINGTON -- Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said Sunday that if Hillary Clinton wins the presidency in November, Republicans should hurry up and confirm President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland. "If we come to a point, I have said all along, where we're going to lose the election or we lose the election in November, then we ought to approve him quickly," Flake said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "I’m certain that he'll be more conservative than a Hillary Clinton nomination, come January." The Arizona Republican's remarks are out of step with his party leaders, who have said unequivocally that they will block Garland's nomination and hold the Supreme Court seat open for the next president. A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) declined to comment. GOP leaders have put themselves in an awkward predicament over the court seat, which has been empty since February. If they keep blocking Garland, a moderate pick with little opposition on his merits, they risk a more liberal pick from Clinton or a total wildcard nominee from Donald Trump. There's also a decent chance Republicans will lose the Senate in November, which would give them a weaker hand in deciding who moves forward at all. Flake isn't the only GOP senator open to voting on Obama's nominee in the lame duck session. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) has said he would support voting on Garland , too, if Clinton wins in November. That's in addition to two other Republican senators, Mark Kirk (Ill.) and Susan Collins (Maine), saying Garland should get hearings now. The Huffington Post  reached out to 24 Republican senators  last week to see if they really prefer holding the Supreme Court seat open for Clinton or Trump, versus voting on Garland. Five responded. They all said yes. Also on HuffPost Funeral Of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Funeral Of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia 1 of 16 With family members following behind, pallbearers carry the casket of late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia up the steps of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Feb. 20, 2016, in Washington, DC. Scalia, who died Feb. 13 while on a hunting trip in Texas, had lay in repose in the Great Hall of the Supreme Court on Friday. Share this slide: Drew Angerer via Getty Images More: Jeff Flake Merrick Garland Supreme Court Supreme Court Vacancy Obama Supreme Court Suggest a correction 396 Comments Close SUBSCRIBE AND FOLLOW Get top stories and blog posts emailed to me each day. Newsletters may offer personalized content or advertisements. Learn more 1.94 M 980 K 456 K Podcast Add us on Snapchat GOP Senator: If We Lose In November, We Should Confirm Merrick Garland NEW! HIGHLIGHT AND SHARE Highlight text to share via Facebook and Twitter CURATED FOR YOU Generated from related, personalized and trending articles. View your news homepage. CON