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Collins: Yes. Flake: Yes. Manchin: Yes. Murkowski: No…Senate passes Kavanaugh cloture vote




US Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, speaks to reporters at the US Capitol in Washington DC, on October 5, 2018, after the vote on US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
US Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, speaks to reporters at the US Capitol in Washington DC, on October 5, 2018, after the vote on US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
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A deeply divided Senate pushed Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination past a key procedural hurdle Friday, setting up a likely final showdown this weekend in a battle that's seen claims of long-ago sexual assault by the nominee threaten President Donald Trump's effort to tip the court rightward for decades.

The Senate voted 51-49 to limit debate, effectively defeating Democratic efforts to scuttle the nomination with endless delays. With Republicans clinging to a two-vote majority, one Republican voted to stop the nomination, one Democrat to send it further.  

Of the four lawmakers who had not revealed their decisions until Friday, Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Jeff Flake of Arizona voted yes, as did Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Republican Lisa Murkowski of Alaska voted not to send the nomination to the full Senate.

With files from the Associated Press

Guests:

Shannon Pettypiece, White House correspondent for Bloomberg News; she tweets @spettypi

John Bresnahan, Capitol Hill Bureau Chief for Politico; he tweets @BresPolitico