Kavanaugh advances in key Senate vote

Source: The Hill | October 5, 2018 | Jordain Carney

Brett Kavanaugh cleared a key hurdle on Friday as Senate Republican aim to confirm him to the Supreme Court this weekend.

Senators voted 51-49 to end debate on Kavanaugh’s nomination, setting up a final vote to confirm Kavanaugh for Saturday afternoon.

It was a dramatic moment on the Senate floor as Kavanaugh did not know even an hour before the vote whether he would muster the 51 votes needed to advance because four undecided senators — Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) — declined to announce their positions.

Kavanaugh’s nomination got a last-minute boost when Flake, Manchin and Collins voted to end debate on Kavanaugh’s nomination. Manchin was the only Democrat to vote “yes.” 

Murkowski, however, voted against advancing the nomination, the only Republican to do so.

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