Joe Manchin, a Democrat, to Vote Yes to Confirm Brett Kavanaugh

Greg Gianforte right receives congratulations from a supporter in Helena Mont. Montana voters are heading to the polls Thursday

Collins announces support for Kavanaugh, making chances of confirmation nearly certain

President Donald Trump told reporters on Saturday he was "a hundred percent" certain that Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, had got the wrong man.

Some 164 people were arrested, most for demonstrating on the Capitol steps, 14 for disrupting the Senate's roll call vote. Joe Manchin of West Virginia was the only Democrat to vote in favor of confirmation.

The bitterly polarized U.S. Senate narrowly confirmed Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday to join the Supreme Court, delivering an election-season triumph to President Donald Trump that could swing the court rightward for a generation after a battle that rubbed raw the country's cultural, gender and political divides.

The vote was not a quiet affair. U.S. Capitol Police began arresting some of them.

In Washington, President Donald Trump said Saturday that he thought Collins was "incredible" and that she "gave an impassioned, lovely speech".

The Trump appointee has been publicly accused of sexual misconduct by three women in recent weeks, and critics have characterized his confirmation as an affront to survivors of sexual assault.

Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation would tilt America's highest court in favour of conservatives.

Kavanaugh's now 53 years old, which means he likely has decades as a justice ahead of him.

Lambda Legal, HRC, AIDS United, The Trevor Project, and GLAAD were among 73 national, state, and local organizations that signed a letter opposing Kavanaugh's nomination. "I'm a 100%. I have no doubt", he said. That would let Kavanaugh win by the same two-vote margin he'd have received had both senators voted. "I might have been too emotional at times", Kavanaugh wrote. In this case it was obvious there were going to be people very angry at me no matter what I did. Kavanaugh forcefully and tearfully denied the accusations in a fiery opening statement and was openly hostile toward Democrats as they questioned him about the alleged assault and his drinking habits. Her testimony took place as two more women came forward with sexual misconduct allegations against him.

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Kavanaugh's nomination seals a conservative majority on the nine-seat high court, possibly for decades to come.

"I want to thank the mob, because they've done the one thing we were having trouble doing, which was energizing our base", McConnell told the Post. The roll call seemed destined to be almost party-line, with just a single defector from each side capping a contest fought against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement and President Donald Trump's unyielding support of his nominee.

Senator Collins ended hopes she would side with Democrats in the final vote, telling fellow senators she did not believe the "charges can fairly prevent Judge Kavanaugh from serving on the court".

Cain said she is also waiting until after November 6 to make a decision on whether to run against Collins.

Yet none of that was enough to sway Republicans to oppose Kavanaugh.

Murkowski announced Friday that she would be pairing her vote with Daines as a professional courtesy and a gesture of goodwill.

Republican Sen. Steve Daines has a scheduling conflict for Saturday - his daughter's wedding - but has said he will make it back to vote yes for Kavanaugh. You could see how hard she worked, how hard she was working.

After Dr. Ford's allegations, Democrats and their allies became engaged as seldom before, though there were obvious echoes of Mr. Thomas' combative confirmation over the sexual harassment accusations of Anita Hill, who worked for him at two federal agencies.

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