The White House is considering Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, a Republican centrist, as a potential nominee for the vacant seat on the Supreme Court, a source has confirmed to NBC News.
It's unclear if the formal "vetting" process is underway, however, the source confirmed that Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid met with Sandoval on Monday.
Sandoval's record matches President Barack Obama's on many key issues, which include supporting the Supreme Court's same sex marriage decision last year and he backs abortion rights.
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The former District Court judge and state attorney general, was the first Latino candidate elected to statewide office in Nevada.
The news comes on the heels of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's announcement that the Senate would not hold hearings on any nominee in the wake of the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.