Shortly before her nomination as attorney general goes to the Senate floor, Loretta Lynch is stuck right around 50 votes, which Politico says suggests that a confirmation fight the Obama administration had seemed certain to win with relative ease will go down to the wire. Lynch is likely to be confirmed. With four GOP senators backing her plus unanimous support from Democrats, Lynch would get the bare minimum required to be installed as the nation's top cop if Vice President Joe Biden were brought in to break a tie.
Several Republicans who could have been “yes” votes are signaling they will instead vote against her. The overwhelming opposition issue from President Obama's executive actions on immigration, and Lynch's confirmation is plagued with remnants of Republicans' toxic relations with Attorney General Eric Holder. Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) said Lynch told him her Justice Department's agenda would not differ from Holder’s. Sen. Dean Heller (D-NV) said he is “leaning no” based on Lynch's answers to his concerns about how to regulate gambling. The confirmation showdown is set for next week. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hasn't indicated how he will vote. Two members of his leadership team, Majority Whip John Cornyn (TX) and Sen. Roy Blunt (MO) are confirmed “no” votes.