President Obama vowed to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, saying the nomination was “bigger than any one party” — setting up a fierce political fight with Senate Republicans who are expected to pull out all the stops to ensure that job falls to the next commander in chief.

With a half-dozen or more major cases before the court, Obama said he planned “to fulfill my constitutional responsibility to nominate a successor in due time.”

But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell signaled that he and his GOP counterparts are ready for a tooth-and-nail fight over the nomination.

“The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice,” the Kentucky Republican said. “Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.”

Senate Democrats made it clear they would work vigorously to keep Republicans from dragging out the confirmation process.

“Failing to fill this vacancy would be a shameful abdication of one of the Senate’s most essential constitutional responsibilities,” said Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada.

Republican strategist Ford O’Connell said he doesn’t expect the Republican-controlled Senate — which must approve a replacement — will do so without a fight.

“I think it’s going to be a cold day in — and you can fill in the blank — before a Republican Congress allows a lame-duck president to nominate a Supreme Court Justice,” O’Connell told the Herald.

“This is going to be the fiercest battle in Washington over the next 10 months.”

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