Senate confirms Kavanaugh to top US court

By Michael Hernandez

WASHINGTON (AA) – The Senate voted largely along party lines Saturday to narrowly confirm U.S. President Donald Trump's pick to America's top court, cementing a conservative majority on the bench for the foreseeable future.

The 50-48 vote saw Senator Lisa Murkowski being the sole Republican to break ranks with the party, voting present. Republican Senator Joe Manchin joined with the rest of the Republicans to support Brett Kavanaugh.

Republicans had a narrow needle to thread, holding only a one seat majority in the chamber amid mass controversy over Kavanaugh and the sexual assault allegations he faces.

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