WASHINGTON DC (AP) - The White House says it won't comment on Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval's announcement that he doesn't want to be considered for the Supreme Court.

The Republican governor said Thursday he notified the White House and top-ranking senators of his decision. Sandoval spoke out after being identified as a possible candidate to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia. He offered no reason for his decision.

The Senate's vetting process for any nominee is expected to be viciously political, if hearings take place at all. White House spokesman Josh Earnest says he won't offer detailed updates on the president's short list.

President Barack Obama is still considering potential candidates and consulting privately with lawmakers. The White House also has contacted the offices of all Senate Judiciary Committee members.

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