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Here's what to expect at Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court confirmation hearings and who to watch for

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Amy Cony BarrettThough Amy Coney Barrett appears to have the support in the Senate to be confirmed to the Supreme Court, her historic confirmation hearings this week offer Democrat and Republican senators the chance to question the appeals court judge in front of a national audience weeks before a contentious election.

The hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee – tasked with vetting Barrett’s background and stance on issues that could come before the high court – could be key for a number of senators before November, including vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris, who sits on the panel.

The coronavirus will play a role, altering how the hearings operate and threatening to derail Republicans' tight deadline to confirm Barrett before Election Day, which is three weeks away.

Three Republican senators contracted the virus since President Donald Trump tested positive – including two members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which could affect a vote on the panel and in the full Senate. Republicans appear to have locked in a majority to push through her nomination; only two have voiced opposition to moving forward before the election. But if senators remain ill or more contract the disease, making them unable to travel to Washington and vote on the Senate floor, her confirmation could be postponed.

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