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The Senate's showdown roll call confirmation vote is expected on Saturday afternoon (NZ time).

"I do not consent, where's my representation", one yelled. Like so many Americans, I'm deeply disappointed in Senator Collins' vote for Kavanagh. He accused Democrats of using destructive, unwarranted personal attacks on the nominee and even encouraging the protesters, saying, "They have encouraged mob rule".

A much larger crowd of protesters is watching the demonstration from behind a barricade. It was her first major solo trip overseas and a rare example of a time when she has answered questions by reporters on a variety of topics. The Iowa Republican told reporters that his message to protesters would be, "thank god that you're willing to exercise your First Amendment rights of association and free speech".

Collins' decision leaves opponents of Kavanaugh hoping for an unlikely scenario of at least two other senators who had previously backed him to change their minds and declare they will vote against him. "If people who are victims, if people who feel there is no fairness in our system of government, particularly within our courts, we've gone down a path that is not good and right for this country". McConnell called Kavanaugh "among the very best our nation has to offer." Sen.

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But Murkowski ultimately withdrew herself from the final tally as a gesture of goodwill toward her Republican colleague, Sen. Hundreds of demonstrators protested on Capitol Hill, chanting "vote them out" and "November is coming".

Confirmation would be a crowning achievement for Mr Trump, his conservative base and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. But he added that based on the Federal Bureau of Investigation report, "I have found Judge Kavanaugh to be a qualified jurist who will follow the Constitution and determine cases based on the legal findings before him".

Perhaps the chamber's most moderate Republican, Collins proclaimed her support for Kavanaugh at the end of a floor speech that lasted almost 45 minutes. Former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential Sarah Palin nominee, a long-time political foe of the Murkowski family, suggested she might challenge the incumbent senator when she's up for re-election. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia - all voted "yes" on Friday.

This comes hours after, the Senate voted 51 to 49 on Friday to advance Kavanaugh's confirmation with a key vote from Maine Senator Susan Collins.

Confirmation for Kavanaugh would be a crowning achievement for Trump, who with a victory could cast the court in a right-leaning direction for decades. Kavanaugh has denied the allegation.

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Elizabeth Warren greets demonstrators protesting US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on October 4, 2018 , in Washington . Kavanaugh wrote in the opinion piece that his testimony "reflected my overwhelming frustration at being wrongly accused".

Although some polls have shown increasing Republican enthusiasm ahead of the November midterm elections that will determine control of Congress, Kavanaugh's support among voters as a whole is historically low.

Brett Kavanaugh is to become the fifth conservative judge in America's highest court, after being narrowly confirmed by senators in the aftermath of hearings and an FBI investigation into sexual assault allegations against him. Flake is likely to follow, Kavanaugh effectively secured enough votes to confirm his confirmation.

In a twist, Murkowski said she would state her opposition but vote "present" as a courtesy to Kavanaugh supporter Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) is in jeopardy, as he may be unavailable to vote at all due to his daughter's wedding.

"I have met with so many survivors, and I know that every single one of us has, and I've heard from colleagues as they have shared with me that they have been truly surprised, many stunned, by what they are learning is the prevalence of this unfortunately in our society today", she said.

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