Report: Judge Neil Gorsuch is a leading candidate to fill Supreme Court vacancy

A leading candidate has reportedly emerged to fill the Supreme Court vacancy.

According to ABC News, which cited inside sources, he is 49-year-old Judge Neil Gorsuch who currently presides over the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Colorado.

Nominated to the position by President George W. Bush, his background includes clerkships under U.S. Supreme Court Justices Byron White and Anthony Kennedy and a law degree from Harvard.

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Gorsuch has been compared to the late Justice Antonin Scalia, whose seat he could be filling, in terms of originalism, or taking the Constitution as it was written, and a colorful writing style.

And while Gorsuch is more conservative ideologically, a Los Angeles Times report states that, unlike other top contenders, he "does not have a record of strident comments that would fuel a confirmation fight."

ABC News' Jonathan Karl tweeted on Tuesday that he expects President Trump "to make his Supreme Court nomination early next week."

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