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>> I do>> Republicans are moving ahead with the nomination of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, as law makers examine a newly completed FBI background check. An initial vote set for Friday, but just three Republicans Senators are likely to determine whether he gets a life time sit on the nations highest court.
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I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington, where all eyes are on Senators Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Jeff Flake as Kavanaugh battles allegations of sexual misconduct. Now, Republicans control the Senate by a narrow 51-49 majority, so every vote counts. All three of these lawmakers have broken with their party in the past, but it's not clear whether they'll do so this time in one of the most consequential votes of their careers.
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First, Susan Collins of Maine, one of the Senate's few remaining GOP moderates, she's insisted that Kavanaugh's accusers be heard like Christine Blaisey Ford.>> Brett groped me and tried to take off my clothes.>> Collins has sometimes stood up to her party, she was instrumental in defeating Trump's effort to repeal Obamacare last year.
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But she's also been a reliable vote for the GOP when it comes to confirming conservative judges. Interest groups running TV ads in Maine to sway her vote.>> Will Susan Collins listed to her now?>> And activists protesting outside her office. Like Collins, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska has been upfront about her concerns over Kavanaugh, saying that she's personally experienced sexual harassment.
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Thank you.>> She's also bucked the party at times, voting with Collins last year to keep Obamacare intact and she's facing tremendous pressure to vote on no on Kavanaugh from native tribes back home who don't like his judicial record. Then, there's Flake of Arizona. He singlehandedly won a delay in Kavanaugh's nomination to allow the FBI to check out the accusation.
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>> Have a short pause.>> He's been a conservative throughout his career, but an outspoken critic of Trump and increasingly at odds with his own party. But even so, he continues to vote with the president on every thing from taxes to healthcare. He opted not to run for reelection.
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A trip to New Hampshire earlier this week fueling speculation of a possible presidential run in 2020. The FBI investigation might help these senators make up their minds, but it's also putting them under intense pressure. That pressure is sure to increase in coming days, as the Senate moves towards a vote.