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Divided U.S. Senate votes to advance Brett Kavanaugh nomination to Supreme Court; final vote unclear

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Kavanaugh vote moves to Senate voteA bitterly divided U.S. Senate secured enough votes Friday to proceed to final consideration of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, but it was still unclear whether he will have enough support to be placed on the high court.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, voted to end debate but has not said whether she will vote for his confirmation.

A vote would require 51 votes for passage – or a 50-50 vote with Vice President Mike Pence breaking a tie – as the confirmation vote. The Senate is split with 51 Republicans and 49 Democrats.

If Pence is needed to get Kavanaugh over the finish line, it would be the first time a vice president has cast the deciding vote for a Supreme Court nominee.


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