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Watch live: US Senate to vote on Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett

A bitterly divided US Senate is poised to confirm Amy Coney Barrett as the 115th justice to the Supreme Court today (Monday night US time).

If confirmed, Barrett will be the fifth woman to the court in its 231-year history and one who further cements its conservative shift – a legacy that will last even if Republicans lose power in next week's elections.

You can watch the vote in Senate live, below:

Once sworn in, Barrett will solidify a 6-3 conservative majority on the court and will be in a position to immediately hear contentious cases on elections and health care.

The White House has planned an outdoor ceremony after the vote, which has been criticised as "inappropriate" by Joe Biden, and Justice Clarence Thomas is expected to administer the judicial oath.

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Amy Barrett confirmed as next US Supreme Court judge

Amy Coney Barrett has been confirmed as the next US Supreme Court judge.

The move will be celebrated by Republicans and President Donald Trump and deplored by Democrats who have fiercely opposed her nomination.

Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

Judge Amy Coney Barrett.Credit:Reuters

The 48-year-old federal judge’s ascent to the high court locks in a 6-3 conservative majority on the court for the foreseeable future.

This could open a new era of rulings on the Affordable Care Act, abortion access and even the results of the presidential election.

The court is set to hear a challenge to the Obama-era Affordable Care Act on November 10, just one week after the election.

It's vote time: Amy Barrett set to be confirmed to the Supreme Court

The US Senate is poised to vote to confirm Amy Barrett's seat on the Supreme Court. The voting is under way.

Mitch McConnell, the Senate’s Republican leader who engineered this moment, said Judge Barrett deserves to be on the bench.

"In just a few minutes she will be on the Supreme Court," he told the Senate.

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Biden's tweet on Barrett

Democrats have voiced dismay in the Senate over the expected confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett as a new Supreme Court judge so close to the presidential election.

Trump's choice to fill the vacancy of the late liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg potentially opens a new era of rulings on abortion, the Affordable Care Act and even a potential dispute over his own election.

Democrats are unable to stop Monday's outcome, Trump's third justice to the court, as Republicans race to reshape the judiciary. Barrett is 48, and her confirmation will solidify the court's rightward tilt.

At his campaign stop in Chester, Pennsylvania, today Joe Biden told reporters that he will not consider pursuing term limits for Supreme Court justices.

"It’s a lifetime appointment. I’m not going to attempt to change that at all," he said.

But he also tweeted: "More than 60 million Americans have already voted. They deserve to have their voices heard on who replaces Justice Ginsburg."

Biden heading to Iowa and Wisconsin

Democrat Joe Biden says he’s adding Iowa and Wisconsin to his travel itinerary for the final week before election day, but insists he’s not overconfident about his prospects of unseating President Donald Trump.

Biden made the comments today in Chester, Pennsylvania, where he sought to boost get-out-to-vote efforts.

Biden’s last-minute travel mixes states that had razor-thin margins four years ago with more heavily Republican areas that had once been considered reliable Trump states.

Pennsylvania and Wisconsin were among the Great Lakes states that Trump won by less than 1 percentage point over Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016. Biden has travelled to Pennsylvania more than any other state since becoming the Democratic nominee.

Biden also will head to perennial battleground Florida later this week.

Trump’s winning margin in Iowa approached double digits in 2016. Biden will spend Wednesday (Tuesday US time) in Georgia, which hasn’t supported a Democratic presidential nominee since 1992.

Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien said earlier today that he wants Biden "to expend his limited travel on states that he’s not going to win in 2020".

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Trump eyes hosting election night party at his DC hotel

President Donald Trump has his eye on hosting an election night party at his own hotel in the nation’s capital.

Over the weekend, the campaign pushed out fundraising emails in the president’s name offering donors the chance to enter a draw "to join Team Trump at the Election Night Party in my favourite hotel," in Washington, suggesting he will use his luxury hotel as the backdrop for reacting to election results.

Trump plans to hold a victory party at his Washington hotel.

Trump plans to hold a victory party at his Washington hotel.Credit:AP

"November 3rd will go down in history as the night we won FOUR MORE YEARS. It will be absolutely EPIC, and the only thing that could make it better is having YOU there," Trump said in a fundraising solicitation.

For Trump, an election night party at his own hotel is symbolic for a businessman who leveraged his celebrity as a reality star and New York real estate magnate to win the nation's highest office.

The Washington hotel, which is blocks from the White House, has been sold out for weeks for election day as well as the days before and after November 3. A basic room is going for $US1200 ($1681) a night, nearly triple the $US476 ($662) standard room rate.

Trump held his 2016 election party in his then-hometown of New York. But he booked his victory party at New York’s Hilton in Midtown Manhattan because his own nearby Trump International Hotel & Tower didn’t have a big enough room.

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Trump, Biden's pitches to voters in pivotal Pennsylvania

Let's pause to take a look at the candidates' pitches to voters in Pennsylvania.

With eight days to go until the election, President Donald Trump addressed three boisterous rallies in Pennsylvania, while Democrat Joe Biden made a low-key appearance in the state considered crucial to the chances of victory for both men.

We win Pennsylvania, we win the whole ballgame.

President Donald Trump
Supporters cheer as President Donald Trump arrives for a campaign rally at the Altoona-Blair County Airport in Martinsburg, Pennsylvania.

Supporters cheer as President Donald Trump arrives for a campaign rally at the Altoona-Blair County Airport in Martinsburg, Pennsylvania.Credit:AP

"We win Pennsylvania, we win the whole ballgame," Trump told a rally in Martinsburg, his third and final event of the day, as he predicted a win in the state despite trailing Biden in most opinion polls.

Biden made a small-scale appearance in the city of Chester, near Philadelphia, meeting with about a dozen campaign volunteers and speaking with reporters. Biden said he was "not overconfident about anything" and "with the grace of God" he would win Pennsylvania, the state where he was born.

"I think we're going to win Michigan, I think we're going to win Wisconsin. I think we're going to win Minnesota. I think we have a fighting chance in Ohio. I think we have a fighting chance in North Carolina. We have a fighting chance in Georgia," Biden added, referring to other election battleground states.

Joe Biden speaks to the media outside a voter service centre in Chester, Pennsylvania,

Joe Biden speaks to the media outside a voter service centre in Chester, Pennsylvania, Credit:AP

Biden also stepped up his criticism of Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 225,000 people in the US, saying: "The bottom line is, Donald Trump is the worst possible president, the worst possible person to lead us through this pandemic."

The bottom line is, Donald Trump is the worst possible president, the worst possible person to lead us through this pandemic.

Democratic nominee Joe Biden

Addressing supporters, Trump touched on what he called "an existential" issue for Pennsylvania, Biden's comment during last week's presidential debate that if elected he would "transition" the United States away from oil and natural gas.

"He wants to go with windmills that are made in Germany and China," Trump said, adding: "Biden's plan is an economic death sentence for Pennsylvania's energy sector."

In Chester, Biden defended his stance, saying: "I'm not shutting down oilfields. I'm not eliminating fracking. I'm investing in clean energy."

Biden previously said the country should eventually replace oil with solar, wind and other forms of non-polluting power, adding that his plan for a more climate-friendly economy would create high-paying jobs and boost US businesses.

Trump again asserted that his administration was "doing a great job" against the pandemic and that the United States was "absolutely rounding the corner." He accused Biden of wanting to return to widespread lockdowns that he said would harm the economy.

The president also won cheers from supporters when he touted his nomination of conservative appellate judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court "to defend our God-given freedoms".

The Republican-led Senate to set to confirm Barrett to the lifetime job later shortly.

Reuters

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Watch live: US Senate to vote on Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett

A bitterly divided US Senate is poised to confirm Amy Coney Barrett as the 115th justice to the Supreme Court today (Monday night US time).

If confirmed, Barrett will be the fifth woman to the court in its 231-year history and one who further cements its conservative shift – a legacy that will last even if Republicans lose power in next week's elections.

You can watch the vote in Senate live, below:

Once sworn in, Barrett will solidify a 6-3 conservative majority on the court and will be in a position to immediately hear contentious cases on elections and health care.

The White House has planned an outdoor ceremony after the vote, which has been criticised as "inappropriate" by Joe Biden, and Justice Clarence Thomas is expected to administer the judicial oath.

with The Washington Post

'It’s going to be a great winter': Trump dismisses COVID surge

Despite a fresh COVID-19 outbreak in the White House, which has infected five staffers working for Vice-President Mike Pence including his chief of staff, Donald Trump downplayed his opponent’s concerns about the surge in coronavirus cases as he campaigned in Pennsylvania today.

The president spoke to thousands of supporters who gathered on Tuesday (Monday US time) across three rallies. Most were not wearing masks.

Trump said Democrat Joe Biden’s comments that the nation is facing a "dark winter" is a mistake. He said, "No, it’s not going to be a dark winter. It’s going to be a great winter. It’s going to be a great spring."

Biden criticises planned White House celebrations for Barrett

Senate Republicans are currently in Washington declaring their support for the Trump's Supreme Court pick Amy Coney Barrett.

The White House has planned a celebration of Barrett's expected confirmation after the vote on Monday night (Tuesday Australian time).

In Pennsylvania a short time ago, Joe Biden said he doesn’t blame Donald Trump for "celebrating" another Supreme Court confirmation, but added that the planned White House party is "inappropriate".

You might remember that a previous ceremony held at the White House for Barrett likely sparked the outbreak of coronavirus that resulted in the president and dozens of his aides and associates contracting the virus.

Speaking to reporters as he campaigned in Pennsylvania today (Monday US time), Biden urged the president "to have a little bit of shame because people are dying" amid new spikes in coronavirus cases across the country.

Biden has made Trump’s handling of the virus an anchor of his general election campaign.

The Democratic nominee also has been critical of Republicans’ speedy confirmation of Barrett. But today he said he gives "my word" that he hasn’t decided whether he’d back some Democrats' calls to expand the court if he takes office to counter Republican power plays.

He said he’d give a "bipartisan" commission of "constitutional scholars" 180 days from Inauguration Day to recommend changes to the federal court system. Biden said he’s "not a fan" of court expansion but promised to listen to experts.

AP

In photos: Trump's Pennsylvania rallies

The president made the three stops today (Monday US time) as he campaigns through the critical swing state .

The crowd at Trump's third rally at Altoona-Blair County Airport in Martinsburg, Pennsylvania.

The crowd at Trump's third rally at Altoona-Blair County Airport in Martinsburg, Pennsylvania.Credit:AP

A mini-Trump at the Martinsburg rally.

A mini-Trump at the Martinsburg rally.Credit:AP

A group of Pennsylvania coal miners cheers as Trump acknowledges them during the Martinsburg rally.

A group of Pennsylvania coal miners cheers as Trump acknowledges them during the Martinsburg rally.Credit:AP

A supporter at the rally at Lancaster Airport, Pennsylvania.

A supporter at the rally at Lancaster Airport, Pennsylvania.Credit:AP

Trump in Lititz - the second of three rallies on Pennsylvania on Tuesday.

Trump in Lititz - the second of three rallies on Pennsylvania on Tuesday.Credit:AP

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