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Washington insiders say Obama considering Nevada gov for Supreme Court seat

LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 30:  Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval smiles during the National Clean Energy Summit 4.0 at the Aria Resort & Casino at CityCenter August 30, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Political and economic leaders are attending the summit to discuss a domestic policy agenda to advance alternative energy for the country's future.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 30: Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval smiles during the National Clean Energy Summit 4.0 at the Aria Resort & Casino at CityCenter August 30, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Political and economic leaders are attending the summit to discuss a domestic policy agenda to advance alternative energy for the country's future. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)  (2011 Getty Images)

The prospect of President Barack Obama's nominating a Republican for the Supreme Court seems a long shot, but there's been some talk in Washington about Nevada's GOP governor, Brian Sandoval.

Sandoval says he's honored to have his name mentioned as a potential successor for the late Justice Antonin Scalia, but says he's heard nothing to think the Democratic president is considering him.

Sandoval — a former federal judge who supports abortion rights — isn't saying whether he thinks the Senate should act on a nominee from Obama. Senate Republican leaders have said it should be up to the next president — who takes office in January 2017— to submit a nominee.

Sandoval spoke to The Associated Press on Saturday while attending the National Governors Association meeting in Washington.

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