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The U.S. Senate voted Friday to move forward Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, despite allegations of sexual misconduct that further inflamed a bitter partisan fight about the judge, but a few lawmakers could still derail his confirmation. Lawmakers backed President Donald Trump's nominee Kavanaugh by 51 to 49 in a procedural vote that moved the Republican-controlled Senate toward a definitive decision, likely to take place Saturday.One of them, Republican Susan Collins, said the confirmation process had become inappropriately dysfunctional and chaotic, but later added she would vote for Kavanaugh.Another, Republican Lisa Murkowski, who voted no to cloture, said she had not made up her mind on her final vote but suggested she might oppose Kavanaugh.Republicans hold a 51-49 majority in the Senate, meaning that if all Senate Democrats oppose Kavanaugh, Trump cannot afford to lose more than one Republican vote for his nominee, with Vice President Mike Pence casting a tiebreaking vote.
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