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He said Saturday he thinks Republicans "are going to do incredibly well" in the elections after Kavanaugh's confirmation.

If he wins confirmation, Kavanaugh - who saw questions raised over his candor, partisan rhetoric and lifestyle as a young man - will seal a conservative majority on the nine-seat high court, possibly for decades to come.

She later said that it had been a very hard decision, but that she did not believe it was the "right time" for Kavanaugh to be seated on the court. However, based on all of the information I have available to me, including the recently completed Federal Bureau of Investigation report, I have found Judge Kavanaugh to be a qualified jurist who will follow the Constitution and determine cases based on the legal findings before him.

Trump was in Kansas to campaign for Kris Kobach, secretary of state and the Republican nominee for governor, and Steve Watkins, the GOP nominee in the 2nd Congressional District of eastern Kansas.

She explained her courtesy "present" vote for Daines, saying that she hopes "it reminds us that we can take very small, very small steps to be gracious with one another, and maybe those small gracious steps can lead to more".

"This behavior revealed a hostility and belligerence unbecoming of someone seeking to be elevated to the Supreme Court", she said.

Senators Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Susan Collins, R-Maine, Joe Manchin, D-W.V., and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, waited until Friday to announce how they would vote.

Koegler said in a signed declaration that Ford, a Palo Alto University professor, told him about the alleged assault in 2016, around the time former Stanford University student Brock Turner was sentenced for raping an unconscious woman.

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The vote to invoke cloture was 51-49.

Collins, who had kept her vote close to her chest for the entirety of Kavanaugh's confirmation process, made the announcement in a lengthy speech from the Senate floor.

In the tense moments before the morning vote, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, for whom a conservative Supreme Court majority would represent a career defining achievement, accused Democrats of trying to derail Kavanaugh's nomination with delaying tactics and obstruction - even though he is a possibly Washington's most accomplished master of the dark arts.

Kavanaugh was sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts and retired Justice Anthony Kennedy Saturday evening.

"We know that in our role of advice and consent it is not just the record itself, there is more that is attached to it", Murkowski said. A few Democrats sat stone-faced nearby. They said he'd push the court farther right, including possible sympathetic rulings for Trump.

"What I can speak to is when victims of sexual assault and violence go to their Congress people - when they go to their senators and they ask for their information to be confidential, I think that that's a request that needs to be respected", Katz said. With the confirmed support of him and Collins, the likely final Senate vote is 51-49. She says senators are "deliberately ignoring" Kavanaugh's behavior. That balanced out the absence without affecting the outcome, and gave Kavanaugh the same two-vote margin he'd have received had both lawmakers voted. Citing the Democrats on the Judiciary Committee and "the virtual mob that assaulted us in the course of this process", McConnell said "they've managed to deliver the only thing that we had not been able to figure out how to do, which was to get our folks fired up".

Ford had accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in 1982 when they both were in high school.

Democrats also challenged Kavanaugh's honesty, temperament and ability to be nonpartisan after he fumed at last week's Judiciary hearing that Democrats had launched a "search and destroy mission" against him fueled by their hatred of Trump. Kirsten Gillibrand, one of the Democrats who take to the Senate floor early Saturday to rail against Kavanaugh.