Senate Democrats gathered on the steps of the Supreme Court Thursday to call on Republican leaders to hold a confirmation hearing for President Obama’s Supreme court nominee, Judge Merrick Garland.

“The Republicans in the Senate need to do their job,” said Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, who called Judge Garland “eminently qualified.”

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid of Nevada said Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky “cannot prevail” in his vow not to hold hearings or a vote on the nominee.

“He’s going to lose this issue,” Mr. Reid said.

Mr. Obama nominated Judge Garland, 63, on Wednesday to fill the vacancy created by the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia last month. He has served since 1997 on the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

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