Donald Trump was quick to praise the vote, tweeting: 'Very proud of the U.S. Senate for voting "YES" to advance the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh!' A second, final vote would need to follow.
There's no guarantee that the senators who supported moving forward will back Kavanaugh on the final vote. "It smacks of a whitewash", Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal told reporters, saying the report should not give political cover for Republicans to vote for Kavanaugh because "it is blatantly incomplete".
But that's misleading. The graph above considers only those who express support on a question that demands people have knowledge of Kavanaugh and how he would be likely to conduct himself on the bench. Kavanaugh also testified and denied the allegations.
From the beginning of Kavanaugh's nomination, Collins has had reservations about the Appeals Court judge, specifically questioning whether he would overturn Roe v. Wade.
Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a moderate from Alaska, voted against advancing Kavanaugh in Friday morning's procedural vote, making Republican plans to confirm Kavanaugh more hard. He is also in a tough re-election campaign and was silent on Kavanaugh in the days leading up to the vote. But Manchin said little Thursday and Friday to indicate what his final vote would be, after studying the Federal Bureau of Investigation report addressing allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against the nominee.
But Republicans moved forward with plans for a key procedural vote on Friday and a final vote on Saturday on confirming the conservative federal appeals judge for a lifetime job on the top United States court.
Kavanaugh has denied allegations of sexual misconduct in high school and college.
At a signal from organizers, the group began holding up signs and chanting. "He's not the right man for the court at this time", she said. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) has said she'll vote no.
Feinstein is the top Democrat on the committee and made her remarks as the Senate opened for a key test vote to advance Kavnaugh's nomination. Say it clear. Kavanaugh's not welcome here. But as the outlet noted, that could change because Republican Sen. Senators had to take turns reading the report that included interviews from nine people including Marc Judge who Dr. Christine Blasey Ford claimed was in the room when she was sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh. One senator said it was a "cover-up" and a "complete embarrassment".
In a letter to Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, eight of the 10 Democrats on the panel said information contained in a Republican Twitter posting "is not accurate and must be immediately corrected".
Three women have accused Mr Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct in separate incidents in the 1980s. McConnell has little room for error in the narrowly divided Senate with a 51-49 GOP majority. Democrat Joe Manchin voted for cloture, which meant that Vice President Pence did not have to be brought in to break a tie.
The self-defence came too late for John Paul Stevens, a retired Supreme Court justice who on Thursday said he once believed Kavanaugh to be a fine judge. "I appreciate his generosity as well as his dedication to family and country".
That teacher, Christine Blasey Ford, said he drunkenly groped her and attempted to rape her when they were teenagers attending a party decades ago.
Activists rally inside the Senate Hart Office Building during a protest in opposition to US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill in Washington, US, October 4, 2018.