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>> On this vote the yas are 51, the nos are 49, the motion is agreed to.>> After a bitter drawn out fight that divided the nation, the US Senate on Friday moved Brett Kavanaugh one step closer to the Supreme Court, setting the stage for a historic final vote this weekend.
I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington, where it now looks all but certain that President Trump will get his pick on the Supreme Court, the Senate voting 51 to 49 to advance the nomination. A small but crucial group of lawmakers coming out and saying they will support Kavanaugh, putting him on a glide path to the nation's highest court.
>> I do.>> A week ago, Kavanaugh's bid appeared very much in doubt, as he faced accusations of sexual misconduct from several women, including psychology professor, Christine Blasey Ford.>> 100%.>> Kavanaugh also faced questions about his temperament and his honesty during his politically charged hearings. But by Friday afternoon the turnaround was clear.
Republican Susan Collins of Maine added her name to the majority of Senate Republicans who were supporting Kavanaugh.>> I will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh.>> Republican Jeff Flake of Arizona and Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia, also saying they'll vote yes, giving Kavanaugh the 51 votes he needs to be confirmed.
This, despite a no vote from Republican Lisa Murkowski, who broke with her party, saying Kavanaugh's the wrong man for these times. Kavanaugh's confirmation would be a big victory for Trump just weeks before the November Congressional elections. Giving the court a five to four conservative majority for legal battles ahead, on abortion, immigration, and transgender rights.
This started as a debate over judicial philosophy, it's since turned into a referendum on the Me-Too movement. Galvanizing women who see at as a reflection of their own experiences with sexual harassment. Trump is condone firmly on the other side, saying he's worried the movement is unfairly targeting men.
It's looking like Trump will come out as the victor in this case, but the scars from this confirmation battle are sure to linger for years to come.