U.S. Senate nears final vote on Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination

Cheryl Sanders
October 6, 2018

Collins wasn't the only senator to announce a plan to vote yes in the full vote tomorrow.

A final confirmation vote is expected Saturday.

The latest estimate is that Kavanaugh will be confirmed by a 50-48 vote on Saturday.

"The facts presented do not mean that Professor Ford was not sexually assaulted that night or at some other time but they do lead me to conclude that the allegations failed to meet the more likely than not standard", she said.

The last of the undecided votes began falling into place Friday after the senators reviewed a highly anticipated report from the FBI investigating allegations of misconduct against Kavanaugh while in high school and college in the early 1980s.

Murkowski chose the opposite path.

"I believe he's a good man".

In a Quinnipiac poll issued on Monday, 48 percent of Americans said that Kavanaugh should not be confirmed to the Supreme Court, while 42 percent said he should be confirmed. When her name was called, she stood up slowly, paused, then said "no" and slowly sat back down.

The reaction has been swift, with former President George Bush and White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders both tweeting their support for Collins.

The Maine senator spoke with Republican Sen.

Republicans need every vote they can get, so the Manchin yes to advance to a vote has some Democrats and Republicans on high alert, especially as a result of the Murkowski defection from how her fellow Republicans went.

In the Capitol, however, both senators won praise from their colleagues.

"I do hope that Judge Kavanaugh will not allow the partisan nature this process took to follow him onto the court", he said. More than 300 have been arrested in anti-Kavanaugh protests this week in the nation's capital.

Flake said he thinks "the world" of Murkowski and said she made her own decision despite intense pressure to vote yes.

After opposing a key procedural vote Friday morning on the nomination, Murkowski explained her vote to reporters, calling it "the most hard evaluation" she has had to make.

With only hours left before the Senate is set to vote, Kavanaugh's confirmation seems all but certain. Sen. She said he was a "fine man" but was not the right person "for the court at this time". Mitch McConnell originally scheduled it for Saturday afternoon, but Republican Steve Daines has indicated he will attend his daughter's wedding tomorrow in Montana no matter what the Senate is doing. She was re-elected in 2016.

In his senate testimony last week, Kavanaugh denied the accusations.

"You heard a survivor tell a credible story of sexual assault", she said.

Collins took pains to say she believes Ford suffered a sexual assault that "has upended her life", but said she was not convinced Kavanaugh was the culprit. But she said the Federal Bureau of Investigation had found no corroborating evidence from witnesses whose names Ford had provided.

"We will be ill-served in the long run if we abandon the presumption of innocence and fairness, tempting though it may be", Collins said in remarks that stretched for more than 40 minutes but addressed the sexual-abuse allegations only near the end.

"All you have to do is look at the polls over the last three or four days and it shows that their rage-fuelled resistance is starting to backfire at a level that no one has ever seen before", he said.

Democrats' failure to consider the trajectory of Ford's uncorroborated sexual assault claim was a huge miscalculation for red-state Democrats up for reelection.

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