Two key senators, one Democrat and one Republican, voted against their parties on Friday in a dramatic showdown on the floor of the Senate over the question of whether to advance Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to a confirmation vote this weekend.
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., voted yes. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, voted no. After Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said Friday that she would vote for Kavanaugh's final confirmation, Machin also announced his support for the appeals judge. The votes effectively secured his confirmation, barring any unexpected changes.
Murkowski has not yet stated her position.
The two senators stayed mum until the last minute about how they planned to vote. Friday's procedural vote was the first to force lawmakers to go on record with their support or opposition to the president's nominee.