How common is a Supreme Court vacancy during a Presidential election?

How common is a Supreme Court vacancy during a Presidential election?

The short answer: it isn't. Immediately after the news broke that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia had died, Republican leadership indicated it did not welcome a Barack Obama nominee to replace him. Rather, they want to wait a year. Justice Scalia was an American hero. We owe it to him, & the Nation, for the Senate to ensure that the next President names his replacement. — Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) February 13, 2016 The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new President (emphasis added).” Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senate Majority Leader Let's ignore, for the moment, the fact that "the American people" elected President Obama. Twice. Republicans insist that there is "ample precedent" for this "standard practice." But is there? The Senate has left one Supreme Court justice vacancy hanging in November…continue reading →