No vacancy (yet): Liberals, conservatives prepare to battle for control of Supreme Court

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, here arriving for the funeral of Justice Antonin Scalia in 2016, will set off a brutal campaign over his successor if he retires this spring. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images)

"...Expect to hear a lot about abortion rights, which Kennedy helped to protect in a 2016 case from Texas, and gay rights, three years after Kennedy wrote the 5-4 opinion legalizing same-sex marriage. Pro-choice Republican senators such as Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska would be prime targets.