GOP Holdout Collins, Democrat Joe Manchin Will Vote To Confirm Kavanaugh

GOP Holdout Collins, Democrat Joe Manchin Will Vote To Confirm Kavanaugh

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has the 50 votes required to be confirmed to the Supreme Court, after both GOP Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia announced that they would be voting yes. 

Furthermore, GOP holdout Jeff Flake of Arizona said that he would vote to confirm Kavanaugh "unless something big changed." 

Earlier in the day, the Senate completed a cloture vote to advance Kavanaugh to final confirmation, which Manchin broke ranks and voted in favor of.

Most senators sat at their desk as the dramatic roll call unfolded, with major suspense over where Murkowski, Manchin and Flake would land. Collins was the first swing vote to support Kavanaugh on the procedural roll call, quickly followed by Flake. Murkowski then inaudibly voted no, a jarring defection that left Republicans with no room for error.

After it was clear that Kavanaugh had the 50 votes needed to advance, Manchin became Kavanaugh's only Democratic supporter. Manchin, who left the chamber when the clerk called his name, came back into the chamber and voted in favor of Kavanaugh. His phone could be seen ringing and Manchin stared at it as the vote continued. -Politico

According to PredictIt, Kavanaugh's odds of confirmation are now at 96%

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