President Donald Trump is closing in on his next Supreme Court nominee, with three federal judges leading the competition to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Trump's top contenders for the vacancy at this time are federal appeals judges Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh and Raymond Kethledge, said a person familiar with Trump's thinking who was not authorized to speak publicly.
The race, as many media observers are reporting, seems to be between 46-year-old Coney Barrett - a devout Catholic and former law professor - and Kavanaugh, who serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. The two contenders represent two factions within the conservative movement: namely, social conservatism with an emphasis on religious values versus a more libertarian-minded conservatism.
With files from the Associated Press