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Senate Democrats could filibuster U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch.

FOX's Rachel Sutherland reports from Washington:

You rarely see a filibuster of a Supreme Court nominee, the last time was in 1968. Delaware Democratic Senator Chris Coons says he wants Judge Gorsuch to have a hearing:

(Coons) "Exactly the sort of thorough and full hearing on the Senate Judiciary Committee that DC Circuit chief judge Merrick Garland never got."

Republican Senator Ted Cruz said leaving the seat open was the right thing to do:

(Cruz) "This election was in a very real sense a referendum on this seat."

It takes 60 votes to confirm, but Republicans could use the so-called nuclear option to approve Judge Gorsuch with a simple majority vote.

In Washington, Rachel Sutherland, FOX News.

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