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Report: Obama Vetting GOP Gov for SCOTUS Seat

The White House is reportedly vetting Brian Sandoval, the Republican governor of Nevada, for the vacant Supreme Court seat. Sandoval allegedly met with Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid on Monday and reportedly hasn’t reached a decision about potentially accepting a nomination. The two-term governor reportedly said “it would be a privilege” to be nominated, adding that the Supreme Court is “the essence of justice in this country.” Prior to being governor, Sandoval served as a federal judge in Nevada. Given his deep background in Republican politics, Sandoval’s selection to succeed the late Antonin Scalia could complicate GOP plans to avoid voting on an Obama nominee before the election.