And it was fought against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement and Trump's unyielding support of his nominee and occasional mocking of Kavanaugh's accusers.
Kavanaugh's opponents raised concerns that he'd push the court further right, including possible sympathetic rulings for Trump.
"We'll see if there is a vacancy in 2020", McConnell said.
Kavanaugh will be sworn in as an associate justice of the Supreme Court on Saturday by Chief Justice John Roberts and the man he will replace, the Court's crucial swing vote, Anthony Kennedy. By making a deeply personal incident, sexual assault, public at a critical moment for the country, she has done a great service not just for the many women who have similar experiences, but for society on a whole.
Sen. Susan Collins says she believes Christine Blasey Ford, who accused now Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers, was attacked, but not by Kavanaugh.
Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One while flying to a campaign rally in Kansas, Trump said of Kavanaugh: "We're very honored that he was able to withstand this frightful, terrible attack by the Democrats". "We must always remember that it is when passions are most inflamed that fairness is most in jeopardy". He urged Kansas voters to send Republicans to Congress.
Democrats have said Republican gerrymandering has helped Trump's party keep control of the U.S. House of Representatives and various state legislatures. Republicans past year successfully stalled the process, meaning it fell to Mr Trump, not Barack Obama, to nominate the new justice. In response, Collins echoed talking points from the lengthy speech she made last week before announcing her support for the then-nominee.
Republicans control the Senate by a meager 51-49 margin, and announcements of support Friday from Republicans Jeff Flake of Arizona and Susan Collins of ME, along with Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia, locked in the needed votes.
"Very, very good", Trump said. But I had one beer.
Protesters chanted "Shame" at Manchin later when he talked to reporters outside his office.
Republicans hold only a 51-49 Senate majority and therefore had little support to spare.
ME senator Susan Collins, a moderate Republican who's often a swing vote on issues, paved the way for the nominee to the Supreme Court. Collins, meanwhile, insisted she "will not be intimidated". Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan. A few Democrats sat stone-faced nearby. Under Senate rules she can mark herself as "present" for a senator who is unable to attend.
The lone Republican to oppose the nomination was Sen.
The nation's highest court officially has its ninth Supreme Court justice. "And that is hard".
In his first tweet after the vote, Trump said he told Republican Senator Steve Daines it was alright to miss the vote for his daughter's wedding back home in Montana. "It showed her to be an honorable, incredible woman".
"Judge Kavanaugh was entitled to an up-or-down vote". Vice President Mike Pence presided over the roll call, his potential tie-breaking vote unnecessary.
But the GOP has the votes to successfully confirm Kavanaugh.
That vote occurred amid smoldering resentment by partisans on both sides, on and off the Senate floor.
Ford testified before Collins and others on the Senate Judiciary Committee that she was "100 percent" certain that Kavanaugh was her attacker. That's especially a concern in cases that revolve around Democratic policies. They said he also seemed ready to rule for Trump if federal authorities probing his 2016 campaign's connections to Russian Federation try to pursue him in court. Brennan was confirmed the next year. Mr Trump will be able to campaign on the back of an important victory, but commentators will be watching closely how the Kavanaugh affair affects women voters.
What's more, Kavanaugh will take up his post knowing that numerous people that will be impacted by his rulings do not believe him personally and do not believe he is impartial as was evidenced by the fact that his final confirmation was repeatedly interrupted by protesters.