Putting party first, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval withdrew his name from consideration for nomination to the Supreme Court, as doing so would deeply embarrass the Republican Party. The former federal judge was reported to be under consideration as a consensus candidate President Obama could present to the Senate.
Senate Republicans have already said they will not consider any nominee but Governor Sandoval would have put them on a spot. He was unanimously approved as a federal judge and is a moderate Republican. Accepting the nomination would have made Governor Sandoval an outcast in the GOP and if he was not approved would have no future in politics.
Some have mentioned him as a VP choice this year.
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