These two judges are favorites to win Supreme Court nod

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When President Trump's political obituary is written, you can bet the decision he makes Monday about a Supreme Court justice will be pretty high up.

Trump was reportedly receptive to the idea, though it's unclear whether that will change his decision. You can watch it LIVE on Fox8.com and FOX 8 News.

Trump's success in confirming conservative judges, as well as a Supreme Court justice, has cheered Republicans amid concerns about his limited policy achievements and chaotic management style. "And that's really ultimately what drives the conservative legal movement..." Some of those victories were made possible by the swing vote of Anthony Kennedy, whose retirement handed Trump a golden ideological opening. A more conservative majority could be more willing to uphold state restrictions on abortion, if not overturn the 45-year-old landmark Roe v. Wade decision that established a woman's constitutional right. He has ruled against voting rights.

"It's an historic decision". In three of the states targeted, incumbent Democratic senators are running for reelection this year: Sen. Dick Durbin of IL on NBC's "Meet the Press" said Sunday.

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Trump spent the weekend at his New Jersey golf resort mulling over his final decision, but said that he was down to four candidates who still had a chance of being invited to the White House for their national televised coming out party on Monday night.

White House spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement that Kyl "has agreed to serve as the Sherpa for the President's nominee to the Supreme Court".

Barrett of IN, 46, serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.

Some conservatives have expressed concerns about Kavanaugh - a longtime judge and former clerk for Justice Kennedy - questioning his commitment to social issues like abortion and noting his time serving under President George W. Bush as evidence he is a more establishment choice.

Hardiman, who turned 53 on Sunday, is a judge on the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals and was the runner-up to Trump's first nominee, Neil Gorsuch. "But I hope Senator Jones will do the right thing and support President Trump's pick because I think President Trump's (nominee) will be the pick of the vast majority of the people in the state of Alabama".

But it is Kavanaugh who has been the focus of much of the lobbying, both for and against him. Hardiman is seen by conservatives as having a strong record on the Second Amendment. She rocketed to the top of Trump's earlier list of 25 Supreme Court candidates after her performance during her confirmation hearing last fall, when Democrats cited her deep Catholic faith as a potential problem.

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