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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Republican leader of the Connecticut Senate is rejecting a request by Democrats to hold another vote on Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s now-defeated nominee for chief justice of the State Supreme Court.

Senator Len Fasano said Wednesday the “vote is done” and he looks forward to learning who Malloy nominates next.

Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney and Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff publicly urged one of the he 19 senators who voted Tuesday against the confirmation of Associate Justice Andrew McDonald to make a motion to reconsider the 19-16 vote. All 18 Republicans and one Democrat voted against the Democratic governor’s nominee.

Looney says he doesn’t make the request lightly, calling it “an extraordinary and historic action” needed to “ensure that partisan politics does not infect the judiciary.”