The Vote is in On Kavanaugh, Here's the Final Result

politics
October 06, 2018Oct 06, 2018

The final vote is in on Judge Brett Kavanaugh. President Trump's second nominee to the Supreme Court was confirmed to the court on Saturday with a Senate vote.

The vote, which took place shortly before 4 PM ET, means that there will likely be a conservative majority on the Supreme Court for generations to come. It also brings an end to the debate over the nominee's qualifications.

The final vote was interrupted several times by protesters as senators sat silently at their desks for the formal roll call vote. Protesters also gathered outside of the Capitol building and across the street.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley didn't seem concerned by the protestors. The Iowa Republican told reporters, according to CNN, that his message to protesters would be, "thank god that you're willing to exercise your First Amendment rights of association and free speech. Keep it up, because it's going to make America stronger."

Kavanaugh was confirmed by a 50-48 margin. Republican Lisa Murkowski opposed Kavanaugh's nomination, but ultimately withdrew herself from the final tally. She did this as a gesture of goodwill toward her Republican colleague, Senator Steve Daines of Montana. Gaines was unable to vote because he was in Montana walking his daughter down the aisle at her wedding.

The move did not impact the overall outcome of the vote. However, it allowed for the margin to be the same as it would have been if Daines had been there to participate. It also prevented a situation where he would have to fly back after her wedding to cast a vote.

"I do hope it reminds us that we can take very small steps to be gracious with one another and maybe those small, gracious steps can lead to more," Murkowski said in announcing her intent.

The vote took place on partisan lines except for Senator Manchin of West Virginia. The Democrat voted in favor of Kavanaugh.

This is a big win for President Trump. He's surely celebrating the confirmation. Justice Kavanaugh could sit on the court as early as Tuesday.