How Ginsburg’s death could reshape the presidential campaign

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi makes the sign of the cross after pausing outside the U.S. Supreme Court where flowers, signs and chalk messages on the sidewalk have been left in tribute to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (WTOP/Kate Ryan)

U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi stops to view the tributes to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Supreme Court Sunday morning. (WTOP/Kate Ryan)

People gather at the Supreme Court on the morning after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 87, one of the high court's liberal justices, and a champion of gender equality, in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Two people walk past the Supreme Court on the morning after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 87, one of the high court’s liberal justices, and a champion of gender equality, on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Cardboard signs and flowers
Cardboard signs and flowers blanket the Supreme Court’s grounds on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in tribute to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The 87-year-old died Friday of metastatic pancreatic cancer after 27 years on the court. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)

Two people embrace in front of Supreme Court
Two people embrace in front of the Supreme Court on the morning after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a champion of gender equality, on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)

Person with flowers
This person leaves flowers on the Supreme Court’s grounds on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in tribute to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)

Cardboard signs and flowers
Some of the many cardboard signs and flowers blanketing the Supreme Court’s grounds on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in tribute to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)

Cardboard signs and image of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
One of the many tributes blanketing the Supreme Court’s grounds on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in honor of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)

Cardboard signs and flowers
Many cardboard signs and flowers blanket the Supreme Court’s grounds on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in tribute to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)

cardboard signs and flowers, with people in the background
People are seen on the Supreme Court’s grounds on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, paying tribute to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as cardboard signs and flowers blanket the area. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)

cardboard signs and flowers, with people standing
More people are seen on the Supreme Court’s grounds on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, paying tribute to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)

Cardboard signs and flowers
Cardboard signs and flowers blanket the Supreme Court’s grounds on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in tribute to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The 87-year-old died Friday of metastatic pancreatic cancer after 27 years on the court. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)

The American flag blows in the wind after it was lowered to half-staff Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
The American flag blows in the wind after it was lowered to half-staff on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, at the Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

A couple pauses outside the Supreme Court Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
A couple pauses outside the Supreme Court on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Flowers and light candies outside the Supreme Court Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Flowers and light candies outside the Supreme Court on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

overhead shot of light candies
This is an overhead shot of light candies positioned to spell “RBG” outside the Supreme Court on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (WTOP/Alejandro Alvarez)

Flowers and mourners crowd the steps outside the Supreme Court on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in tribute to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (WTOP/Alejandro Alvarez)

People gather at the Supreme Court Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
People gather at the Supreme Court on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, outside the Supreme Court after it announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

People gather at the Supreme Court Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
A crowd of people gather at the Supreme Court on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

A demonstrator at right argues with people gathered at the Supreme Court to mourn the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
A demonstrator at right argues with people gathered at the Supreme Court to mourn the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

People gather at the Supreme Court Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
People gather at the Supreme Court Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

People light candies outside the Supreme Court Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
One of the large cardboard signs people left outside the Supreme Court on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in tribute to the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

People lay flowers and light candies outside the Supreme Court Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Mourners gather at the Supreme Court on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

People gather at the Supreme Court Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Another view of people who gathered at the Supreme Court on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

People gather at the Supreme Court Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
People gather at the Supreme Court Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The flag at the White House flies at half-staff Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
The flag at the White House flies at half-staff on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Ginsburg Memorial
A crowd shot of the hundreds of mourners who converged on the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s memorial. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)

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People gather at the Supreme Court on the morning after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 87, one of the high court's liberal justices, and a champion of gender equality, in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Cardboard signs and flowers
Two people embrace in front of Supreme Court
Person with flowers
Cardboard signs and flowers
Cardboard signs and image of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Cardboard signs and flowers
cardboard signs and flowers, with people in the background
cardboard signs and flowers, with people standing
Cardboard signs and flowers
The American flag blows in the wind after it was lowered to half-staff Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
A couple pauses outside the Supreme Court Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Flowers and light candies outside the Supreme Court Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
overhead shot of light candies
People gather at the Supreme Court Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
People gather at the Supreme Court Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
A demonstrator at right argues with people gathered at the Supreme Court to mourn the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
People gather at the Supreme Court Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
People light candies outside the Supreme Court Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
People lay flowers and light candies outside the Supreme Court Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
People gather at the Supreme Court Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
People gather at the Supreme Court Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
The flag at the White House flies at half-staff Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Ginsburg Memorial

NEW YORK (AP) — A presidential campaign that was already tugging at the nation’s most searing divides has been jolted by the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, potentially reshaping the election at a moment when some Americans were beginning to cast ballots.

For months, the contest has largely centered on President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus, the biggest public health crisis in a century that has badly damaged his prospects for reelection as the U.S. death toll nears 200,000 people.

But in a flash, Ginsburg’s death on Friday added new weight to the election, with the potential that Trump or his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, could pick a successor who could decide abortion access, environmental regulations and the power of the presidency for a generation.

With early voting underway in five states and Election Day just over six weeks away, Democrats and Republicans were largely unified late Friday in praising Ginsburg as a leading legal thinker and advocate for women’s rights. But strategists in both parties also seized on the moment to find an advantage.

Facing the prospect of losing both the White House and the Senate, some Republicans viewed the Supreme Court vacancy as one of the few avenues remaining for Trump to galvanize supporters beyond his most loyal core of supporters, particularly suburban women who have abandoned the GOP in recent years.

“It’s hard to see how this doesn’t help Trump politically,” said veteran Republican strategist Alex Conant. “Biden wants this election to be a referendum on Trump. Now it’s going to be a referendum on whoever he nominates to the Supreme Court.”

Trump said Saturday he would “most likely” nominate a woman to replace Ginsburg. A female nominee could serve as a counterweight of sorts to Biden’s choice of running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, who would be the first woman to serve as vice president.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pledged to quickly bring to a vote whomever Trump nominates. But he faces potential division within his own ranks. On Saturday, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said she believes the winner of the Nov. 3 election should nominate Ginsburg’s replacement. The possibility that others might take that view — Cory Gardner of Colorado as well as Collins faces a rough reelection effort — is fueling optimism among Democrats that the vacancy could drive home the significance of the election to their base.

“The implications for Senate races could be profound,” said Democratic strategist Bill Burton.

“The presidential race will see some immediate churn as activists on both sides will be newly energized,” he continued. “The persistent question will be whether huge protests around the Capitol and the country will inflame such vigorous energy that it leads to awful clashes.”

McConnell, in a note to his GOP colleagues Friday night, urged them to “keep their powder dry” and not rush to declare a position on whether a Trump nominee should get a vote this year. He told them they should not lock themselves prematurely “into a position you may later regret.”

Biden, who has already pledged to appoint the first Black woman to the Supreme Court, told reporters late Friday that “voters should pick the president and the president should pick the justice to consider.”

Democrats are enraged by McConnell’s pledge to move forward, especially after he blocked President Barack Obama from appointing a justice to replace Antonin Scalia nine months before the 2016 election. That decision cast a long political shadow, prompting Pete Buttigieg, the former South Bend, Indiana, mayor who mounted a spirited bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, to make expansion of the Supreme Court a centerpiece of his campaign. Biden rejected the idea.

Some Democrats privately concede that the Supreme Court vacancy could shift attention away from the virus, which has been a central element of Biden’s campaign.

Trump took the unprecedented step in 2016 of releasing a list of Supreme Court picks before he was elected, a move that was credited with unifying skeptical conservative voters to unite behind him. Republicans also believe that the high-profile debate over Trump’s last Supreme Court pick, Brett Kavanaugh, helped the GOP retain the Senate during the 2018 midterms, when the party lost control of the House.

The president, seeking to build the same type of energy that surrounded his 2016 bid, released another list of potential Supreme Court nominees this month.

But some Democrats said the political environment is already overheated, with partisan divides over everything from wearing a mask to curb the pandemic to addressing climate change. Ginsburg’s death, they say, may not change that.

“It’s already pretty ugly out there,” said Megan Jones, a Democratic strategist who worked for former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. “I do not know how this does not become a fight of epic proportions.”

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Associated Press writers Andrew Taylor in Washington, Michelle Price in Las Vegas, Nicholas Riccardi in Denver and Bill Barrow in Atlanta contributed to this report.

Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.



Read more about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life and the impact her death is having:

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi makes the sign of the cross after pausing outside the U.S. Supreme Court where flowers, signs and chalk messages on the sidewalk have been left in tribute to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (WTOP/Kate Ryan)

U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi stops to view the tributes to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Supreme Court Sunday morning. (WTOP/Kate Ryan)

People gather at the Supreme Court on the morning after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 87, one of the high court's liberal justices, and a champion of gender equality, in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Two people walk past the Supreme Court on the morning after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 87, one of the high court’s liberal justices, and a champion of gender equality, on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Cardboard signs and flowers
Cardboard signs and flowers blanket the Supreme Court’s grounds on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in tribute to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The 87-year-old died Friday of metastatic pancreatic cancer after 27 years on the court. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)

Two people embrace in front of Supreme Court
Two people embrace in front of the Supreme Court on the morning after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a champion of gender equality, on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)

Person with flowers
This person leaves flowers on the Supreme Court’s grounds on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in tribute to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)

Cardboard signs and flowers
Some of the many cardboard signs and flowers blanketing the Supreme Court’s grounds on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in tribute to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)

Cardboard signs and image of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
One of the many tributes blanketing the Supreme Court’s grounds on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in honor of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)

Cardboard signs and flowers
Many cardboard signs and flowers blanket the Supreme Court’s grounds on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in tribute to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)

cardboard signs and flowers, with people in the background
People are seen on the Supreme Court’s grounds on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, paying tribute to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as cardboard signs and flowers blanket the area. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)

cardboard signs and flowers, with people standing
More people are seen on the Supreme Court’s grounds on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, paying tribute to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)

Cardboard signs and flowers
Cardboard signs and flowers blanket the Supreme Court’s grounds on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in tribute to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The 87-year-old died Friday of metastatic pancreatic cancer after 27 years on the court. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)

The American flag blows in the wind after it was lowered to half-staff Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
The American flag blows in the wind after it was lowered to half-staff on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, at the Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

A couple pauses outside the Supreme Court Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
A couple pauses outside the Supreme Court on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Flowers and light candies outside the Supreme Court Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Flowers and light candies outside the Supreme Court on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

overhead shot of light candies
This is an overhead shot of light candies positioned to spell “RBG” outside the Supreme Court on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (WTOP/Alejandro Alvarez)

Flowers and mourners crowd the steps outside the Supreme Court on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in tribute to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (WTOP/Alejandro Alvarez)

People gather at the Supreme Court Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
People gather at the Supreme Court on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, outside the Supreme Court after it announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

People gather at the Supreme Court Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
A crowd of people gather at the Supreme Court on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

A demonstrator at right argues with people gathered at the Supreme Court to mourn the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
A demonstrator at right argues with people gathered at the Supreme Court to mourn the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

People gather at the Supreme Court Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
People gather at the Supreme Court Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

People light candies outside the Supreme Court Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
One of the large cardboard signs people left outside the Supreme Court on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in tribute to the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

People lay flowers and light candies outside the Supreme Court Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Mourners gather at the Supreme Court on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

People gather at the Supreme Court Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Another view of people who gathered at the Supreme Court on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

People gather at the Supreme Court Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
People gather at the Supreme Court Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The flag at the White House flies at half-staff Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
The flag at the White House flies at half-staff on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Ginsburg Memorial
A crowd shot of the hundreds of mourners who converged on the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s memorial. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)

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People gather at the Supreme Court on the morning after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 87, one of the high court's liberal justices, and a champion of gender equality, in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Cardboard signs and flowers
Two people embrace in front of Supreme Court
Person with flowers
Cardboard signs and flowers
Cardboard signs and image of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Cardboard signs and flowers
cardboard signs and flowers, with people in the background
cardboard signs and flowers, with people standing
Cardboard signs and flowers
The American flag blows in the wind after it was lowered to half-staff Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
A couple pauses outside the Supreme Court Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Flowers and light candies outside the Supreme Court Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
overhead shot of light candies
People gather at the Supreme Court Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
People gather at the Supreme Court Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
A demonstrator at right argues with people gathered at the Supreme Court to mourn the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
People gather at the Supreme Court Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
People light candies outside the Supreme Court Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
People lay flowers and light candies outside the Supreme Court Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
People gather at the Supreme Court Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
People gather at the Supreme Court Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
The flag at the White House flies at half-staff Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Ginsburg Memorial

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