Flowers and tributes are seen as people gather in front of the US Supreme Court following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg [Carlos Barria/Reuters]

Washington, DC – The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, coming just weeks before a contested presidential election in November, will lead to a fierce political fight in the US Senate and could make the election a referendum on the future of the US Supreme Court.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement on Friday the Senate would move forward with a confirmation process for whomever President Donald Trump nominates.

“The Senate and the nation mourn the sudden passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the conclusion of her extraordinary American life,” McConnell said.

“President Trump’s nominee will

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