Only one of President Barack Obama's judicial nominations has a clear path to Senate confirmation this year—U.S. District Judge Robert Wilkins, nominated to a key Washington federal appeals court.
Wilkins' nomination last year to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit was held over during the holiday break, giving Senators a chance to take action now without first having to repeat earlier procedural steps.
The same isn't the case for 55 other nominees, each of whom were not held over. The White House re-nominated 54 of them Monday, and now they must start the confirmation process back at the Senate Judiciary Committee.