The announcement of support by Sen.
Kavanaugh could tip the court's balance toward conservatives for a generation. "I'm glad that Dr. Ford was heard, I'm glad that Judge Kavanaugh was heard".
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who has repeatedly battled Trump and will retire in January, said he would vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation "unless something big changes".
Brett Kavanaugh seems assured of surviving a Supreme Court nomination fight for the ages after two wavering senators said they'd back him. Vice President Mike Pence could cast the tie-breaking vote if necessary. That's never happened in a Supreme Court confirmation.
The vote is expected at about 17:00 local time (21:00 GMT).
Daines will walk his daughter down the aisle in Montana on Saturday, shortly before the crucial Senate vote to confirm Kavanaugh to the nation's highest court.
But Democrats say women angered at the Kavanaugh accusations will turn out in large numbers to vote out Republicans.
A much larger crowd of protesters is watching the demonstration from behind a barricade.
Earlier, another GOP holdout, Arizona Sen.
Senate Republicans, except for Lisa Murkowski, stood by Kavanaugh in a move that could resonate, particularly with women voters, in the midterm elections to determine control of the Senate and House of Representatives. "I'm in awe of their courage, too", she said in a statement. She said he was a "fine man" but was not the right person "for the court at this time". Kavanaugh's testimony was a disturbing and disrespectful break from judicial norms, she said. "Show up for ME women!" Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, who presided over Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing, gave her a giant bear hug.
"Instead of their reactive brand of politics, Democrats might consider doing something bold, like publishing the results of an independent investigation into all the sources the FBI neglected to question, & holding an hours long press conference at which those witnesses speak".
Friday's "cloture" vote - 51-49 in favour - was a test of support for the embattled nominee who has faced allegations of sexual misconduct from three women, including Prof.
Injecting even more uncertainty into the process is the fact that Republican Sen. The people love her, and she loves them! Kavanaugh called those allegations outlandish. But Collins said witnesses Ford had identified who were interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation last week and included in a report the agency gave lawmakers had failed to corroborate Ford's claims. "Deborah Ramirez's lawyer said he was unaware of any corroborating witnesses who were interviewed". Republicans have a slim 51-49 hold on the Senate.
Murkowski's vote was the latest example of the independent streak she forged since overcoming a Republican primary challenge in 2010 to win re-election as a rare write-in candidate.
Which leaves Collins and Manchin.
The showdown drew raucous demonstrators, largely anti-Kavanaugh, to the Capitol, where they raised tensions by confronting lawmakers despite an intensified police presence.
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