Manchin said he had reservations about Kavanaugh because of the sexual misconduct allegations against him "and the temperament he displayed in the hearing".
Republicans need every vote they can get, so the Manchin yes to advance to a vote has some Democrats and Republicans on high alert, especially as a result of the Murkowski defection from how her fellow Republicans went.
Senator Manchin, the only Democrat to support Kavanaugh, made the announcement soon on the Senate floor.
Kavanaugh was quickly sworn in at the court building, across the street from the Capitol, even as protesters chanted outside.
"But it just may be that in my view he's not the right man for the court at this time", she said Friday after the vote. The final confirmation vote is expected to come as early as Saturday. "I met with the nominee for over two hours, attended his hearings, spoke with constitutional experts, and heard from thousands of West Virginians", Manchin wrote in part. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., sat directly in front of Collins and pivoted his seat around to face her.
In one of the most stunning upsets in Alaska political history, Palin defeated the senator's father Frank Murkowski to become the state's governor in 2006. "I had to deal with the facts I had in front of me", he said on CNN. She has "never considered" the president's identity or party when evaluating Supreme Court nominees, she noted, and has supported nominees advanced by both Republican and Democratic presidents. Susan Collins, R-ME., and Sen. He told MSNBC after the cloture vote that he plans to vote "yes" on Kavanaugh's nomination. They were surrounded by colleagues from both parties after the vote.
Two other women also made accusations of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh in the 1980s.
"I believe something happened to Dr. Ford".
Brett Kavanaugh's Yale classmate has revealed explosive text messages that "prove" the Supreme Court nominee told a potential witness to his alleged sexual assault to report "no bad" about him. "He also cited Justice Kennedy's recent Masterpiece Cakeshop opinion for the court's majority, stating that, 'The days of treating gay and lesbian Americans or and gay and lesbian couples as second-class citizens who are inferior in dignity and worth are over in the Supreme Court'".
Demonstrations have swamped Capitol Hill throughout the Kavanaugh confirmation process.
Speaking to reporters on Air Force One as he flew to Kansas for a political rally, Trump said he was "very, very, very happy" about the vote and said Kavanaugh will be "a brilliant Supreme Court justice for many years". Susan Collins, the key swing vote in this confirmation process.
Vice President Mike Pence planned to be available Saturday in case his tie-breaking vote was needed.
The outcome, telegraphed Friday when the final undeclared senators revealed their views, was devoid of the shocks that had come nearly daily since Christine Blasey Ford said last month that an inebriated Kavanaugh tried to rape her at a 1982 high school get-together. The late-Sen. John McCain, for example, voted in favor of advancing the GOP's Affordable Care Act repeal legislation to the Senate floor and then dramatically voted no on final passage. Collins added that she believed Ford had been assaulted and was still suffering from the effects of that assault. "But you know what, it's worth it", Cella said.
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". On Friday morning, he was reported to be arranging travel back to Washington DC for the final vote.