Kavanaugh Confirmation Likely - Collins: Yes; Manchin: Yes; Flake: Probably

'Very, very difficult vote': The wavering senators who will decide if Brett Kavanaugh joins the Supreme Court

The roll call vote is expected to begin at 3:30 p.m. ET.

The dramatic Senate floor announcement by perhaps the chamber's most moderate Republican ended the suspense over a tortuous, election-season battle that had left Kavanaugh's fate in doubt for almost a month after the first accusation against him. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), in a tough race for re-election in West Virginia where Trump is popular, also declared his support.

Protesters fill the stairs at the east steps of the U.S. Capitol on Saturday against the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh as an associate judge of the U.S. Supreme Court. If the vote fails, it would deal a major blow to the nomination and throw the possibility of confirmation into serious doubt.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell is estimated to have 51 senators who will vote to confirm Kavanaugh.

On Friday evening, Sen.

"I did not come to a decision on this until walking onto the floor this morning".

On Friday, announcements of support by Republican Susan Collins of ME and Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia made Saturday's confirmation vote an anticlimactic formality.

In outlining her argument, Collins argued that while she believes that Christine Blasey Ford, who testified last month before the Senate Judiciary Committee that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in the early 1980s, "is a survivor of a sexual assault", she does not believe that the allegation was corroborated. According to Ford, the judge groped her and tried to remove her clothing at a party when they were both teenagers.

Kavanaugh's once near-certain confirmation to the lifelong appointment on the constitutional court is on a knife-edge after bitter debate over sexual assault allegations dating to his school and university days.




She later clarified she was "not making any announcements" but was "deeply disappointed in Senator Collins's vote for Kavanaugh".

Others repeated 'I do not consent!'

"And so I have been wrestling with whether or not this was about qualifications of a good man or is this bigger than the nomination", she said. Feinstein met privately with Kavanaugh many times, but she refused to bring up Ford's allegations. Steve Daines, R-Mont., who is attending his daughter's wedding in Montana.

Adding another potential issue into the timing, the Senate was previously scheduled to be out on Monday for Columbus Day.

The brutal hearing sparked a supplemental Federal Bureau of Investigation dive into Kavanaugh's background and a week-long delay of the Senate vote. "It's time", a GOP official told CNN prior to the vote.

The cloture vote was mainly along party lines. If they don't, it will be delayed. Republicans have a slim 51-49 hold on the Senate.

"I'll be proud to vote to advance this nomination tomorrow", McConnell said on the Senate floor on Thursday.

Katz shot down claims by Republicans that they "colluded" with Democrats on Capitol Hill, describing the accusation as "partisan".

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