Susan Collins, R-Maine, declared her support in a speech on the Senate floor.
Ultimately, it was Collins who put Kavanaugh on the brink of a lifetime appointment.
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It's actually been in session throughout the night covering the issue, although the debate has taken place in a largely empty chamber.
But when all the votes were cast, ultimately Murkowski voted no and Collins voted yes.
- Murkowski on October 5, 2018, voted against advancing the nomination of Kavanaugh, leaving the Supreme court pick's confirmation hanging by a thread.
"Very proud of the U.S. Senate for voting "YES" to advance the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh!" the President tweeted, moments after the final tally became official.
Within minutes of their announcements, potential political challengers to both Collins and Murkowski emerged.
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Three female GOP senators - Jodi Ernst of Iowa, West Virginia's Shelley Moore Capito and Cindy Hyde-Smith of MS, sat directly behind Collins as she spoke. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Susan Collins of ME and Democratic Sen. "I worry that departing from this presumption could lead to a lack of public faith in the judiciary and would be hugely damaging to the confirmation process moving forward", she said.
Deborah Ramirez says the Senate is "looking the other way" when it comes to her accusation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh exposed himself to her when they were students at Yale. Steve Daines, R-Mont., who is attending his daughter's wedding in Montana. Senators often partner like that to allow an absence without affecting the outcome.
Koegler said that interaction with Ford was memorable because it was around the same time Turner was sentenced to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman after a party. "But we try to avoid controversy, so we're very guarded about raising topics that we think might create hostility in the room", she said. She was re-elected in 2016. Kavanaugh vehemently denies the claims. For weeks prior, her office also drew threats of violence - as well as the ire of liberal activists who have already raised more than $2 million to fund a Democratic challenger for Collins in 2020.
Amid tighter-than-usual security, a large group of protesters assembled on the grounds of the Capitol, chanting "We believe (sexual assault) survivors" and "Shame on you". But she said the Federal Bureau of Investigation had found no corroborating evidence from witnesses whose names Ford had provided. "I could not conclude that he is the right person at this time". "I found Christine Ford's testimony to be very heart-wrenching, painful and compelling". That argument was echoed by Arizona political consultant Jason Rose, who said Friday that it will backfire on Democrats by providing the GOP with "locler-room material" to energize its base in November. And Manchin has said little about how he was leaning prior to supporting cloture.
Hours before Senators are set to vote, protesters took to Capital Hill to urge them to vote against Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation. She called the appeals court judge eminently qualified, adding that his judicial philosophy is well within the mainstream.
Collins had initially expressed concerns over threats to Roe v. Wade if Kavanaugh were confirmed, effectively shifting the Supreme Court to the right for decades to come. Democrats argue that Trump picked Kavanaugh, in part, because he is likely to vote to overturn that ruling.
Senator Joe Manchin is facing a hard re-election campaign in West Virginia, a traditionally Republican state that Mr Trump won by a landslide. If confirmed, Kavanaugh could tip the court's balance toward conservatives for a generation.
Murkowski and Collins sat quietly and undisturbed at their adjacent desks as a clerk called the roll. One woman held a sign saying "Predators Club" with pictures of Kavanaugh, Justice Clarence Thomas and President Donald Trump. And if she's willing, she should give testimony too. The two huddled in deep conversation.