McConnell says Senate will vote to confirm a Trump nominee over Democrats’ objections, despite 2016 precedent, but a handful of his fellow Republicans could complicate the effort

WASHINGTONA handful of moderate and institutionalist Senate Republicans were thrust into the spotlight Friday after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburgs death prompted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) to say that he would seek to confirm President Trumps nominee to replace her on the Supreme Court.
The Senates Republicans control 53 votes compared with 47 for the Democrats, giving them enough power to muscle through a Trump nominee. Because Vice President Mike Pence can break any ties, Democrats would need to peel…