President Trump has spoken with candidates to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, and whoever he ultimately chooses tonight, it will be a relatively young and conservative nominee.

The president’s top contenders had been Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh and Raymond Kethledge — each has distinct records which Mr. Trump can refer to in weighing his decision. Barrett has the least experience on the bench and has emphasized social issues; Kavanaugh has extensive experience working in D.C. courts and its political scene; and Kethledge has built his conservative judicial credentials in federal court in Michigan, removed from Washington’s politics.

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