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In a vote on an issue that not only divided Democrats and Republicans but the entire United States of America, the US Senate confirmed Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court judge.

Noisy to the end, the Senate battle featured a call of the roll that was interrupted several times by protesters shouting in the spectators' gallery before Capitol Police removed them.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court on a final vote of 50 to 48.

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), facing a tough re-election battle in his deep-red state, was the lone Democrat to break from his party and vote in Kavanaugh's favor.

The confirmation process has been bitterly partisan, and disputes were exacerbated by allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh that began surfacing in September. Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of attempting to sexually assault her while the two were in high school. The FBI investigated the accusations and found no corroborating evidence, clearing the way for today's Senate vote.

Those who opposed Kavanaugh's confirmation, including Connecticut Democratic Sen.

Trump also called Kavanaugh, as well as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan, en route to Kansas, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said. Kavanaugh is the second Trump pick to make it to the Supreme Court, after Justice Neil Gorsuch was confirmed in April 2017 for a vacancy help open for for more than a year by Senate Republicans.

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Beyond the close vote, the impact on the court's decisions going forward and whatever your opinion of the controversial nominee, Kavanaugh's confirmation fight challenged a number of long-standing norms.

"Senators claiming to want a dignified debate should not repeat lies constructed by the Judiciary Committee that were cynically created to win support for Judge Kavanaugh".

There are signs this tactic of projecting Kavanaugh as a victim are already working, and that voter enthusiasm among Republicans - something that is already high among Democrats - is rising quickly.

Friday morning began with uncertainty over whether Senate Republicans had the support necessary to push the nomination across the finish line, but the day ended with confirmation all but assured after Republican Sen.

When Kennedy announced on June 27 that he would retire during the summer, both political parties - and especially their respective bases - leapt into action with the most expensive, most brutal Supreme Court confirmation in American history.

Following the vote, Mr Kavanaugh was driven to the Supreme Court building across the street from the Capitol for a private swearing in ceremony.

These same conservative activists circled the wagons when allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh first came out, by pouring more than $1 million in television campaigns defending the judge and floating outlandish conspiracy theories that would clear Kavanaugh's name. That rare procedural manoeuvr left Kavanaugh with the same two-vote margin he'd have had if Murkowski and Daines had both voted.

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Centrist Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski refused to cast a "yes" vote, but called out "present" instead of "no" so fellow Republican Steve Daines of Montana could skip the roll call and walk his daughter down the aisle on her wedding day. Citing the Democrats on the Judiciary Committee and "the virtual mob that assaulted us in the course of this process", McConnell said "they've managed to deliver the only thing that we had not been able to figure out how to do, which was to get our folks fired up".

Before the sexual accusations grabbed the Senate's and the nation's attention, Democrats had argued that Kavanaugh's rulings and writings as an appeals court judge had raised serious concerns about his views on abortion rights and a president's right to bat away legal probes.

There were shouts of "shame" from the public gallery as he voted yes.

In an interview with the Washington Post, Trump said Murkowski will face political consequences for opposing Kavanaugh.

During the past two weeks, dozens of people who have known him came forward to support one version of Kavanaugh or the other.

The office of Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley went on the offensive by releasing statements this week meant to discredit Ford.

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