The Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court battle has turned into one of the most contentious nominations in our nation’s history. President Trump’s nominee has been accused of past sexual assaults and of being dishonest before the Senate.
Despite testimony by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Kavanaugh’s nomination cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee on a party-line vote on September 28th. Following an unaccountably incomplete investigation by the FBI, Kavanaugh’s nomination cleared a key procedural hurdle, setting up a final vote this weekend.
On Friday, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) delivered a speech decrying a nomination process that resembled a “gutter-level political campaign.” She expressed confidence that Kavanaugh would uphold the precedent of Roe v. Wade. And she concluded that Kavanaugh deserved a presumption of innocence in the face of Ford’s accusation, which she ultimately found unconvincing. Collins declared “I will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh,” giving him the 50th vote he needs to join the Supreme Court.
Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), who had remained a wild card on Friday afternoon, said he would also vote Kavanaugh’s favor. Here’s the current breakdown:
50 Republicans, 1 Democrat
Declared or likely YES on the final vote
Jeff Flake (Formerly a swing vote, Flake has indicated he will vote Yes.)
Shelley Moore Capito
Joe Manchin (Manchin is the only Democrat to back Kavanaugh.)
48 Democrats, 1 Republican
Declared or likely NO on the final vote
Lisa Murkowski (The Republican voted No on cloture and appeared to tip her hand on the final vote saying Kavanaugh was “not the best man for the court at this time.”)
Chris Van Hollen
Catherine Cortez Masto