Lynch needs just 51 votes to be confirmed. So far, only Republican Sens. Orrin Hatch, of Utah, Susan Collins, of Maine, Jeff Flake, of Arizona, and Lindsey Graham, of South Carolina, have publicly announced their support for Lynch, although some Republicans are undecided, including Sens. Lisa Murkowski, of Alaska and Kelly Ayotte, of New Hampshire.
Loretta Lynch, President Obama’s attorney general nominee who once appeared to be on a glide path to confirmation, is now a vote away from losing the job after months of delay, thanks mostly to her views on illegal immigration.
Senate Republicans leaders have postponed a confirmation vote on Lynch, who was nominated more than four months ago. And each passing day has generated another GOP “no” vote, even from Republicans who typically would be amenable to approving Lynch, who is now serving as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York and is highly regarded for her legal mind, job performance and personal appeal.
Among those who are uncertain of Lynch’s fate is Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, who is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a staunch backer of Lynch.
Just a few weeks ago, Hatch told the Washington Examiner Lynch would easily be confirmed by the Senate.
Now, he’s not so sure.
“I don’t know,” Hatch said, when asked if Lynch has the votes to pass. “All I can say is I’m for her.”
The latest Republican rejections came Tuesday from Sens. Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander, both of Tennessee. The two lawmakers have backed Obama nominees in the past, including current Attorney General Eric Holder, who won confirmation by a vote of 75-21.