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    According to a poll by the Center for American Progress group, US senators who are blocking confirmation hearings for Judge Merrick Garland, are risking their political futures.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US senators who face re-election and are blocking confirmation hearings for Judge Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama’s nominee for the US Supreme Court, are risking their political futures, according to a poll by the research group Center for American Progress released on Monday.

    "By a 2-1 margin, voters nationally say they will look less favorably upon any elected official who refuses to support confirmation hearings and an up-or-down vote for Judge Garland," a memo explaining the poll results said.

    In addition to the nationwide survey, the poll focused on six states where Republican senators are both facing re-election and who oppose granting Judge Garland a hearing.

    They senators in question are: John McCain of the state of Arizona, Charles Grassley of Iowa, Rob Portman of Ohio, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin.

    Some political analysts have speculated that refusal to consider Judge Garland’s nomination could cost Republicans control of the US Senate in the November elections.


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