The Senate will likely vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination on Wednesday, giving the confirmation battle a final, all-important vote.
Here’s a look at how senators are leaning.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who was one of the original three Republicans to back Kavanaugh, told reporters Monday that he plans to vote for the nominee.
“I have a great deal of respect for Brett and his character and his intellect and his credentials, and his history, and I think he’s going to be confirmed,” McCain said.
But some of his colleagues are concerned.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R, Texas, has said he will vote against Kavanaugh if the Senate goes along with the Democrats’ request.
Senators are likely to vote along party lines, with only a handful of Republicans willing to vote with the GOP majority.
And in a rare sign of unity, Democrats are set to make a last-minute push to have Kavanaugh confirmed.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said he is optimistic that Republicans will ultimately succeed in keeping the nomination on the floor.
“What I think is that we will end up with a nomination that can pass both houses of Congress, so I’m optimistic that we’ll end up being able to move forward with it,” Schumer said.
“But I don’t think there’s a very clear path to get to that,” he added.
Sen., Lindsey Graham, R., has said that he is open to working with Democrats on a compromise.
“If we could reach a compromise with the Democratic minority, that’s all I’d ask,” Graham said.
“And if we can’t, that would be great.”
Graham has also been open to some form of procedural votes, though he says the Senate needs to move fast to get it done.
“It’s very important to me that we move fast on this,” Graham told reporters earlier Monday.
“But I’ve said to my staff that I want to work on the procedural part.
I think it’s a necessary thing to do.
But I think we need to move quickly.”
But Graham, a former judge and prosecutor, is worried about what he calls a “partisan circus” that is taking place.
“You know, I’m just going to say this: We’re in the middle of a partisan circus that’s going on right now. And I don´t think that there’s going any way that it’s going away.
It’s just going on.
And we’re not going to let that happen,” Graham added.
McCain, who said he hopes to be able to vote in favor of the nomination later this week, said he has made it clear to his colleagues that he wants to work with Democrats to make sure the Senate moves quickly on the confirmation.
Senator John Cornyn, R and a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told Fox News he believes it’s “time for the Senate to move on” to confirm Kavanaugh.
“I want to make clear that I’m not willing to take the risk of this being delayed because we want to move ahead,” Cornyn said.
Senatorial leaders are still weighing how to proceed.
In the meantime, the Senate has not taken a final vote on the nomination.
A Senate committee that was set to consider the nomination is still scheduled to hold hearings Tuesday.
Sen.-elect Tom Cotton, R of Arkansas, who was also a strong supporter of Kavanaugh during the confirmation process, said Tuesday he would not vote to confirm him if the confirmation vote is delayed.
“It’s not my place to comment on what the president says or does or thinks.
I don`t know what he thinks.
That’s the job of the president.
I am an American and I want the American people to make their decision on this matter,” Cotton said.
He added that he believes the nominee “needs a thorough and objective examination of his record and the facts.”
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R -Alaska, said in a statement she will not vote for a confirmation vote until she has been assured the nominee will not violate any laws or interfere with any investigation.
“The confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a critical step in ensuring our nation’s democracy and upholding our Constitution,” Murkowski said.