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Texas' U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn likely to play big roles in picking Justice Anthony Kennedy's replacement

The state's two U.S. senators are likely to play pivotal roles in what is expected to be a politically explosive confirmation process.

Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy speaks during a swearing in ceremony for Judge Neil Gorsuch as an associate justice of the Supreme Court in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C., on April 10, 2017.

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