News of Collins's key vote was a strong blow to opponents of the controversial Kavanaugh, including sexual assault victims and their allies who view his impending nomination as a referendum on the #MeToo movement and its limits. Steve Daines, R-Mont., said he would be attending his daughter's wedding in Montana on Saturday. And this is what she gave them in return.
But even if the House impeaches Kavanaugh, two-thirds of the Senate - a supermajority - would need to vote to remove him following a trial, making the likelihood of his ousting very small.
Two women have now accused Mr Kavanaugh of sexual assault when he younger.
Collins wasn't the only senator to announce a plan to vote yes in the full vote tomorrow.
The likelihood of Judge Kavanaugh winning a full Senate vote on Saturday appeared to increase after two Republicans whose backing will be essential gave a positive account of the Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry. Flake later said he intends to vote "yes", "unless something big changes".
Other Republicans later pushed back against protesters. Sen.
All but one Republican lined up behind him, arguing that a truncated FBI investigation turned up no corroborating witnesses and that Kavanaugh had sterling credentials for the court. The most prominent allegation was from California professor Christine Blasey Ford, who said that Kavanaugh assaulted her at a high school party. "But I do hope that it reminds us that we can take very small, very small steps to be gracious with one another and maybe those small, gracious steps can lead to more". And he has reason for a "yes" vote: Manchin, who voted for Gorsuch's confirmation, is up for reelection in a state that Trump won in 2016.
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But the assistant referee spared the defence's blushes for disintegrating so badly with a tight offside call. The giant modern cauldron of the Baki Olimpiya Stadium created a deafening and enthusiastic atmosphere.
More than 300 protestors - including the comedian Amy Schumer and model Emily Ratajkowski - were arrested as they made desperate final appeals to senators as they arrived at the US Capitol in Washington.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley on Friday suggested the lack of women on the committee was due to its heavy workload, but later said the committee is a lot of work for male senators as well.
The "cloture" vote activated a 30-hour period of discussions in the Senate, which will be followed by the final simple majority vote in the next 24 hours. He also blasted Democrats for their treatment of Kavanaugh, describing it as "nothing short of monstrous".
"I have reservations about this vote given the serious accusations against Judge Kavanaugh and the temperament he displayed in the hearings". They said he'd push the court farther right, including possible sympathetic rulings for Trump.
Rice then added, "Many thanks for the encourgement".
"This behavior revealed a hostility and belligerence unbecoming of someone seeking to be elevated to the Supreme Court", she said. They were aired in an emotional hearing last week that featured a fiery, partisan response from Kavanaugh.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., on the Senate floor before the vote, raised concerns that Kavanaugh would vote to overturn Roe v Wade - the 1973 decision that found a constitutional right to abortion - and was extreme on gun rights. He said, "I believe he will rule in a manner that is consistent with our Constitution".