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But Collins, a moderate, pro-choice lawmaker from ME, said Kavanaugh was entitled to the "presumption of innocence" as the allegations against him lacked corroborating evidence. Two other women later emerged with sexual misconduct allegations from the 1980s.
The concern for some on the left is whether Kavanaugh will be able to put aside several bruising weeks and give all who come before him a fair shake. DemocratJoe Manchin voted for cloture, which meant that Vice President Pence did not have to be brought in to break a tie.
Murkowski and Collins sat quietly and undisturbed at their adjacent desks as a clerk called the roll.
Manchin's "yes" vote seemed likely after he voted Friday morning to advance Kavanaugh's nomination to a final vote.
"Just cast my vote for Judge Kavanaugh getting him one step closer onto #SCOTUS". If Collins voted no, donations would not be withdrawn from donors. Immediately after the speech, the Maine Democratic Party sent a fund-raising e-mail declaring that "Collins: 2020 starts today". "And I think we all struggle with how we would respond". More than 300 were arrested on Thursday. "I have been wrestling to really try to know what is fair and what is right, and the truth is, that none of this has been fair", she told reporters outside the Senate chamber.
Complicating things for the Republicans, another of their senators, Steve Daines of Montana, announced Thursday night that he has a scheduling conflict: his daughter is getting married Saturday in that western state and he plans to attend. Senators often partner like that to allow an absence without affecting the outcome.
Minutes after Collins' announced her support, Manchin announced his backing of the judge.
In the procedural ballot, senators voted 51-49 to limit debate, defeating Democratic efforts to scuttle the nomination with endless delays. She was re-elected in 2016.
The brutal hearing sparked a supplemental Federal Bureau of Investigation dive into Kavanaugh's background and a week-long delay of the Senate vote.
But Democrats say women angered at the Kavanaugh accusations will turn out in large numbers to vote out Republicans.
Ford wrote Koegler an email saying that the person who assaulted her was the president's "favorite for SCOTUS", he said.
She went on to say, "I have been wrestling with whether or not this was about the qualifications of a good man or is this bigger than the nominee". "I found Christine Ford's testimony to be very heart-wrenching, painful and compelling". You can't find corroborating evidence you don't look for. She patted him on the shoulder as they split up.
The liberal justices - Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor - need to seek support from at least one conservative in ideologically divisive cases, so they have a strong incentive not to alienate the new arrival, court experts said.
Activists demonstrate in front of the Supreme Court to protest the confirmation vote of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill, Oct. 6, 2018 in Washington.
When Clarence Thomas took a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court in 1991, he had only barely survived a series of bitter Senate hearings on allegations of sexual harassment that divided the country.
Collins had all three cable networks and some broadcast networks airing her words for almost an hour.
The Kavanaugh fight has riveted Americans just weeks before November 6 elections in which Democrats are trying to take control of the U.S. Congress from the Republicans. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, is the fourth undecided senator.
Like Thomas in 1991, Kavanaugh will be joining a right-leaning court. That same threshold of 50 also applies to the final confirmation vote. Lisa Murkowski voted against moving the nomination forward.
When it was her turn, Murkowski stood up, paused, and whispered "no", her voice barely audible.
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