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Twitter Account Created for Supreme Court Nomination

In advance of Obama's nomination, the White House created @SCOTUSnom.

MARCH 16, 2016 10:50 AM ET // BY TRACY STAEDTER

THINKSTOCK Obama is set to nominate a person to replace Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, who passed away in February.

This morning, the White House launched a Twitter account devoted to the nominee for Supreme Court justice. According to the account's description, @SCOTUSnom was set up to disseminate facts on the nominee and the process.

It could also be a response to the negative campaign launched by the Republicans to fight any nomination from the Obama administration.

Ever since Associate Justice Antonin Scalia died suddenly in February, leaving a vacancy on the court, the GOP-controlled House and Senate have said they would not consider any nomination from Obama, since this is an election. Obama would likely put forth a candidate more liberal than Scalia, known for his conservative interpretation of the Constitution.

Shortly after Scalia's death, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a press conference, "The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president," Politico reported.

But Obama is pressing forward with the nomination, saying it's his duty, and is expected to name the person at a press briefing at 11:00 am ET today. Already the Twitter account is putting out information and facts aimed, it seems, at the controversy surrounding a nomination in an election year.

.@POTUS will announce his #SCOTUS nominee at 11am ET.

Follow along to get the facts on his nominee & the nomination process in the Senate.

The last time a president's Supreme Court nominee was denied a vote?

1875.https://t.co/OI0bmv6H5M#SCOTUSpic.twitter.com/SkrbGwks7z

14 presidents.
19 #SCOTUS nominations.
All in presidential election years → https://t.co/OI0bmvoium#SCOTUSnomineepic.twitter.com/WsGRATp3z6

You can watch the announcement here.

HT: Verge