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Democrat Manchin says he’ll vote to confirm Kavanaugh

October 5, 2018

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The remaining undecided Democrat, Sen. Joe Manchin, says he will support Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

The West Virginia senator announced his decision moments after the remaining undecided Republican, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, said she would vote to confirm the nominee.

Kavanaugh is now set to have the votes needed to be confirmed. A vote is expected Saturday.

Manchin says he has reservations because of the sexual misconduct accusations against Kavanaugh and the judge’s temperament in denying them. But he says in a statement he is casting his vote on “what is best for West Virginia.”

Amid a divisive confirmation that has split the Senate and the nation, Manchin says he hopes Kavanaugh “will not allow the partisan nature this process took to follow him onto the court.”

Manchin’s Republican opponent, Patrick Morrisey, criticized Manchin, saying he made “a craven political calculation” by waiting to announce his decision.

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