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As U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd voted to confirm Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court Thursday, the leading Republican hoping to unseat him said he would have voted against her—because of the New Haven firefighters case.

Specifically, Republican Senate hopeful Rob Simmons cited Ricci v. DeStefano, the landmark Supreme Court discrimination case in which white and Hispanic New Haven firefighters sued the city for tossing out promotional exam results because African-Americans performed poorly.

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