BREAKING: Murkowski Votes 'NO' on Cloture, But the 'Yeas' Have It

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Posted: Oct 05, 2018 10:47 AM
BREAKING: Murkowski Votes 'NO' on Cloture, But the 'Yeas' Have It

By a razor thin margin, 51-49, the Senate has voted to move forward with the confirmation process for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The final vote is scheduled for Saturday.

Surprisingly, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), one of the key swing votes, voted not to proceed to a confirmation vote for Kavanaugh. 

Conservatives are now sending her a warning.

Murkowski has previously voted with Democrats on key bills when it comes to abortion rights. Yet, she agreed with Sen. Collins this time around that Kavanaugh was not likely to overturn Roe v. Wade. So, the source of her opposition is unclear, but we'll wait for an official statement. She could still vote "yes" on the final confirmation vote, but at that point it seems unlikely. Planned Parenthood activists confronted Collins on Capitol Hill ahead of the vote, but she voted to advance the nomination.

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Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), who was also on the fence, voted yes, as did Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin (WV).

*Follow along on our live blog as the vote proceeds.*