Kavanaugh advances in first Senate floor vote, with final outcome still unclear

10/5/18
 
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from CBS News,
10/5/18:

Judge Brett Kavanaugh will get a final Senate floor vote, after enough senators voted to advance his nomination Friday. The final vote was 51 to 49.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, one of four undecided key senators, voted against advancing Kavanaugh in a procedural vote, while Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, voted to advance his nomination. That does not necessarily mean those senators will vote the same way in a final vote, the timing of which has yet to be announced.

Who are the undecided senators?

Sen. Jeff Flake, the Arizona Republican who called for the FBI review in the first place, has yet to say where he stands.

Sen. Susan Collins, the Republican moderate from Maine who said she was carefully reviewing all the information Thursday, hasn’t announced her decision.

Nor has Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a Republican from Alaska who enjoys bipartisan support.

Sen. Joe Manchin, a vulnerable Democrat in West Virginia, the state that voted most decisively for Mr. Trump in 2016, also has yet to say where he will land.

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