Heidi Heitkamp, a red-state Democratic senator who faced increasingly long odds of re-election this fall, said Thursday that she will vote against confirming Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
A spokeswoman for Heitkamp's campaign confirmed the embattled senator's position on the high court nominee in a phone call with CNBC. Heitkamp first announced her position on the vote in an interview with local media outlet WDAY on Thursday.
"If this were a political decision for me I certainly would be deciding the other way," Heitkamp said in the interview. "History will judge you, but most importantly you will judge yourself."
In a statement released shortly after, Heitkamp criticized lawmakers for their handling of Kavanaugh's nomination.
"Both sides horribly handled the process around this nomination," Heitkamp said in the statement. "We must learn from these mistakes."
She also referenced her past support for President Donald Trump's prior Supreme Court pick, Neil Gorsuch, explaining that she "voted for Justice Gorsuch because I felt his legal ability and temperament qualified him to serve on the Supreme Court."