Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination advances, setting up final vote


Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies during the Senate Judiciary Committee, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Tom Williams/Pool Image via AP)

WASHINGTON (NBC News) — The full Senate on Friday advanced the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, 51-49, a critical step to open debate before a planned final vote this weekend.

As of Friday morning, four key senators still remained publicly undecided on whether to ultimately confirm the embattled nominee: Republican Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, along with Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.

Murkowski voted against the Friday morning measure. It remained possible that some of the undecided senators who voted to advance Kavanaugh’s nomination Friday might not ultimately vote to confirm him.

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