Ruth Bader Ginsburg's last wish was NOT to be replaced until 'new president is ...

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death at 87 sets in motion a monumental political fight in the final weeks before the elections – amid her dying wish that President Donald  not nominate her successor.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell left no doubt Friday night that would act – but did not say when. 'President ’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate,' McConnell said. 

News of Ginsburg's death broke Friday night while , who she has sparred with publicly and ruled against repeatedly, was in the midst of a typical campaign rally where he blasted immigration from Somalia, attacked Joe Biden, and heralded the National Guard imposing order on Minneapolis.

As tributes for Ginsburg, a stalwart member of the court's left wing, rolled in, it soon became evident she had not held back views of what the future might hold for her seat, dictatating a message to her granddaughter Clara Spera in her dying days.

'My most fervent wish is that I I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.,' she said. 

'My most fervent wish is that I I will not be replaced until a new president is installed,' said Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a statement dictated days before her death

'My most fervent wish is that I I will not be replaced until a new president is installed,' said Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a statement dictated days before her death

Democrats are still steaming over how McConnell killed the Merrick Garland nomination

Democrats are still steaming over how McConnell killed the Merrick Garland nomination

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer quoted Mitch McConnell word-for-word from 2016

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer quoted Mitch McConnell word-for-word from 2016

It is a wish that Ginsburg and other liberals can't control. The key decision maker is McConnell, who held up President Barack Obama's high court nominee for nearly a year before the 2016 election.

Obama's nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, never got a hearing after Obama nominated him following the death of Judge Antonin Scalia. It is who filled the seat.

Republicans have changed the rules on filibusters for Supreme Court Justices, and McConnell has changed his line with his own party in control of the White House. 'Oh, we'd fill it,' he said when asked about the hypothetical.  

McConnell's Friday statement referenced the GOP keeping its majority, which was 52-48 heading into 2018, a number they increased by one, with a slate of Democrats running in tough territory.

Democrats are still steaming over how McConnell killed the Merrick Garland nomination

Democrats are still steaming over how McConnell killed the Merrick Garland nomination

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President has already put two justices on the Supreme Court

'In the last midterm election before Justice Scalia’s death in 2016, Americans elected a Republican Senate majority because we pledged to check and balance the last days of a lame-duck president’s second term. We kept our promise. Since the 1880s, no Senate has confirmed an opposite-party president’s Supreme Court nominee in a presidential election year,' he said. 

'By contrast, Americans reelected our majority in 2016 and expanded it in 2018 because we pledged to work with President and support his agenda, particularly his outstanding appointments to the federal judiciary. Once again, we will keep our promise. President ’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate,' he said.  

Republicans, who hold a 53-vote majority in the Senate can try to schedule a hearing on a nominee and push through a vote before the elections, or during a 'lame duck' session immediately afterward. The vacancy is certain to put the squeeze on some Senate Republicans in tight races, including Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine. 

Other Senate Republicans in tight races include Thom Tillis in North Carolina, Martha McSally in Arizona, and Cory Gardner in Colorado. All have been down in the polls.

The president has already appointed two members of the Supreme Court, Justices Neil M. Gorsuch and Brett M. Kavanaugh, in moves that pushes the court increasingly to the right and maintained its 5-4 conservative majority.

After suffering a handful of high-profile defeats this summer, has complained about Chief Justice John Roberts. He has spoken about the importance of court in the upcoming elections, and recently released a list of conservative nominees he says he will draw from.

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows issued a statement mourning the loss of Ginsburg, without delving into the high-stakes tactics ahead. 

'Joining the whole nation tonight in mourning the loss of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg—a trailblazer, a dedicated public servant, and an inspiration to so many. My prayers are with her family and friends,' he said.   

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 87, was a reliable vote for the left wing of the court

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 87, was a reliable vote for the left wing of the court

President Donald Trump has already installed two justices on the high court

President Donald has already installed two justices on the high court

Trump talked up Texas Sen. Ted Cruz as a potential nominee presumably before he knew of Ginsburg's death

talked up Texas Sen. Ted Cruz as a potential nominee presumably before he knew of Ginsburg's death

He sometimes says the next president could appoint one, two, three or even four justices to the court.

The vacancy is certain to add even more urgency to the already hard-fought election.

Republicans credit the political heat over the Scalia seat with helping drive turnout and enthusiasm among base supporters who gave Donald an edge. 

President spoke about his court nominees minutes after the news of Ginsburg's death.

'We have about 45 unbelievable people.,' he said. The 

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