Senate Republicans won a key vote Friday to advance embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to his final confirmation vote.
The majority-Republican Senate voted 51-49 to end debate on Kavanaugh, setting him up for his final hurdle on his path to the high court. One Democrat and one Republican voted against their parties, but another GOP senator, Susan Collins, said she would announce her final stance on the judge later in the afternoon.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, a key swing vote who has kept her decision on Kavanaugh under wraps, voted against the cloture motion. On the Democratic side, Sen. Joe Manchin of deep-red West Virginia voted for it.
Collins and Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., two other closely watched GOP lawmakers, both voted yes on cloture.