It’s going to be a close one and the Senate is extremely divided. Senators voted 51 to 49 to end debate and send Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to a final vote which should come sometime over the weekend.
Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski was the only Republican to vote against Kavanaugh and West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin was the only Democrat to vote yes. Maine Senator Susan Collins isn’t sure about a final vote but voted yes to advance the process. She will decide officially by 3 p.m. today
Mike Pence may be a factor, especially since Republican Senator Daines from Montana will not be present to vote on Saturday as he will be walking his daughter down the aisle, although he says he will be back to vote for Kavanaugh if needed.
Just cast my vote for Judge Kavanaugh getting him one step closer onto #SCOTUS. We spoke last night, and I assured him, I will be back to vote YES this weekend if needed. Looking forward to calling Judge Kavanaugh, Justice Kavanaugh. pic.twitter.com/KzfdX2HIMc
— Steve Daines (@SteveDaines) October 5, 2018
Reaction to the advancement has been strong.
With women today in tears about this betrayal by our gov’t. I never thought I’d see this regression of justice and democracy in my lifetime. It’s not too late. Keep calling.
— Connie Britton (@conniebritton) October 5, 2018
Murkowski's political career is over. https://t.co/0CjRyCPnr1
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) October 5, 2018
I’ve said repeatedly that Judge Kavanaugh is eminently qualified to serve on the Supreme Court. I proudly voted to advance his nomination today, and I will vote to officially confirm him tomorrow.
— Senator Todd Young (@SenToddYoung) October 5, 2018
BREAKING: There are now 30 hours until a final vote on Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Don’t stop calling your senators and telling them to vote NO. Keep up the fight.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) October 5, 2018