Protesters gather at Capitol ahead of Senate vote on Kavanaugh

Conservatives played the long game. Will they benefit in the long run

Earlier Trump tweeted his support for Kavanaugh and praised crowds gathered at the Capitol to support the nominee. The two-vote margin made it the closest confirmation vote since 1881. Some disrupted the vote in the Senate chambers.

A final vote on Kavanaugh's nomination could occur over the weekend.

There were no last minute surprises or curveballs - Brett Kavanaugh got the votes he needed to be confirmed to the Supreme Court of the United States. but just barely.

Among those voting to allow the final confirmation vote to take place were Senator Susan Collins, the Maine Republican considered a swing vote.

The psychology professor at Palo Alto University has also said she was scared Kavanaugh would accidentally kill her during and that she believed he planned to rape her.

"The President nominated a jurist who has been described by legal peers of all political stripes as a superstar", McConnell said, later adding that "Judge Brett Kavanaugh is among the very best our nation has to offer".

Blasey Ford testified in front of a Senate Judiciary Committee last week and detailed her allegations, which Kavanaugh vehemently denied in his testimony to the committee.

The win is also a win for the president, who continued: 'It's a very exciting time'.

"The four witnesses she named could not corroborate any of the events of that evening gathering where she says the assault occurred", she said. "We refuse to be intimidated by the mob of people that were coming after Republican members in their homes and the halls", the Kentucky Republican said.

Joe Manchin was also confronted by protesters on October 5, 2018, who demanded he oppose Kavanaugh's nomination.

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While the vote was a victory for the GOP, lawmakers can vote differently on the climactic confirmation roll call, which seems likely today. That would mark an anti-climactic finale to a clash fought against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement and Trump's unyielding support of the nominee, opposing forces that left Kavanaugh's fate in doubt for weeks.

Jayme Zovko, a pro-Kavanaugh demonstrator from Pittsburgh, told Van Sant that she supports Kavanaugh because of his judicial record and her belief that "he'll be neutral in his decisions". Manchin is running for re-election in his traditionally Republican state.

"My heart goes out to anyone who has experienced any type of sexual assault in their life", Manchin said.

A final confirmation vote is expected Saturday afternoon. Susan Collins of ME and Jeff Flake of Arizona voted yes, as did Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

"You mean women like Senator Collins?"

Confirmation would be a crowning achievement for Trump, his conservative base and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. A few Democrats sat stone-faced nearby.

Brett Kavanaugh will be sworn in as a justice to US Supreme Court on Saturday - hours after he was confirmed by the Senate, the court announced in a statement.

Republicans control the Senate by a 51-49 margin, and Saturday's vote seems destined to be almost party-line. Sen.

Chuck Schumer, the Democratic Senate minority leader, branded Mr Kavanaugh an "extreme partisan" with an "injudicious demeanour". That reflected Democrats' lasting umbrage over Republicans' 2016 refusal to even consider Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama's nominee to replace the late Antonin Scalia.

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