Sen. Joe Manchin (D-West-Va) announced on Friday that he plans to vote for President Joe Biden’s Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, a move that virtually solidifies the vote math for Senate Democrats to confirm Jackson.
“I met with Judge Jackson and evaluated her qualifications to be a Supreme Court Justice. After meeting with her, considering her record, and closely monitoring her testimony and questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, I have determined I intend to vote for her nomination to serve on the Supreme Court,” Manchin said in a statement.
The announcement also comes after Jackson endured intense question and, at times, appalling attacks by Senate Republicans who use the opportunity to air their grievances over Bret Kavanaugh’s hearing.
Republicans Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska are reportedly inclined to vote in favor of Jackson. But even if Jackson may not win any Republican votes, Senate Democrats are hoping to move swiftly to a confirmation vote by the full Senate by early next month. They can confirm Jackson to the Supreme Court without Republican support if every member of their caucus votes in favor and Vice President Kamala Harris breaks a tie, which appears on track to happen.