The judges who could replace swing-vote Anthony Kennedy

U.S. Supreme Court in 2017. L-R, top row: Elena Kagan, Samuel Alito, Sonia Sotomayor, Neil Gorsuch. L-R, bottom row: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Anthony Kennedy, Chief Justice John Roberts, Clarence Thomas, Stephen Breyer (Wikipedia)

The retirement of the U.S. Supreme Court’s swing vote, 81-year-old Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, would set up an epic confirmation battle in the Senate, with Democrats facing the possibility of a generational shift to the right.

The rumors of a Kennedy retirement are heating up again as court watchers point out that justices contemplating retirement usually choose to step down in the first two years of the presidency of the party that appointed them, the New York Times reports. Kennedy was appointed by Republican Ronald Reagan.

Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy

The Times cited a 2010 study of justices who served between 1789 and 2006 that found justices not only try to retire

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