Senate confirms Barrett as Supreme Court justice in partisan 52-48 vote

Amy Coney Barrett replaces liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amy Coney Barrett is headed to to the Supreme Court. The Senate confirmed President Donald Trump’s nominee by a 52-48 vote, with Republicans overpowering Democratic opposition a week before Election Day.

Barrett will be the third Supreme Court justice nominated by Trump. At 48, she is likely secure a conservative court majority for years to come.

With no real power to stop the vote, Democrats still argued the winner of the Nov. 3 election should choose the nominee.

Barrett will fill the vacancy left by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the liberal icon who died last month.