The Senators in the Kavanaugh Spotlight

The Senate voted on Friday morning to cut off debate and move to a final vote on Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, setting up a weekend showdown that will end the most volatile confirmation process in decades for the nation’s highest court.

In the vote, 51 to 49, only two senators, Lisa Murkowski, Republican of Alaska, and Joe Manchin III, Democrat of West Virginia, voted against party lines.

One senator, Susan Collins, Republican of Maine, voted to cut off debate but left open the possibility that she could still vote against confirmation. Senator Jeff Flake, Republican of Arizona, who has wrestled with his decision, indicated that he would vote in favor of Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation “unless something big changes.” Republican leaders were pressuring Ms. Murkowski to reverse her position, though she said on Friday that her decision was made.

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