Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch is facing one of the closest Senate confirmation vote
s in recent memory with few Republicans willing to support her as the nation’s next top cop.
With the universal support of Senate Democrats, Lynch would need the backing of four Republicans to hit 50, with Vice President Biden able to cast the tie-breaking 51st vote.
Currently, she appears to have the needed votes, with five Republicans — Sens. Orrin Hatch (Utah), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Susan Collins (Maine), and most recently Mark Kirk (Ill.) — saying they will vote for President Obama’s pick, even though they do not agree with her on every issue.