Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), who is in a tough re-election race this year, said Saturday that he would’ve voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court even if the Senate Republicans had not had enough votes to confirm without Manchin’s help.
“I make my votes based on the facts I have,” he said, speaking outside of a scheduled event at a senior center in Huntington, West Virginia. “I’ve made some tough votes over my career. Once I have the facts and I can come home and explain, I’m voting for it. So my vote was the same no matter what.”
Friday afternoon, Manchin released a statement saying that he would vote for Kavanaugh and followed through on that Saturday afternoon, making him the only Democrat in the Senate to do so. His vote, along with Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), was one of the most anticipated.
Collins and Flake both voted in favor of confirming Kavanaugh; Murkowski and Heitkamp did not.