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Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh clears crucial Senate hurdle

 

October 4, 2018

AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., arrives at the Capitol in Washingtontoday before the final push to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The Senate voted 51-49, with one Democrat voting yes and one Republican voting no, for the Senate to take an official vote on confirming the nominee.

By LISA MASCARO and ALAN FRAM

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — A deeply divided Senate pushed Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination past a key procedural hurdle today, 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...



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