UPDATED 8:30 PM EDT
Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska said Friday night that she will vote against confirming Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, citing his temperament in last week’s hearing.
But her opposition to the nominee is unlikely to swing the vote. Currently 50 of the Senate’s 51 Republicans have said they will support him.
All the Democratic senators have indicated that they will vote against Kavanaugh, but their 49 votes will not be enough to overcome the GOP’s affirmative votes.
A final vote confirming him is expected to take place Saturday afternoon.
WASHINGTON – Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska signaled Friday afternoon that she will vote against the confirmation of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick, Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
“He’s not the right man for the court at this time,” Murkowski told reporters shortly after she voted against a motion to end debate on the nomination and move forward.
The motion passed 51-49.
A final vote is expected late Saturday afternoon.
At present count, Kavanaugh has the support of 49 of 51 Senate Republicans. (MSNBC reported that Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona has said he intends to vote yes).
If all 49 Senate Democrats vote no, Kavanaugh will need one more Republican to vote yes. That would enable Vice President Mike Pence to enter the fray and cast the tie-breaking vote. He is all but assured to support President Donald Trump’s nominee.
GOP Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia have not yet said how they will vote. Collins said she will announce her decision at 3 p.m. EDT.
Allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh have been the focus of the confirmation process since mid-September.
Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.