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Bill Nelson: ‘I will vote no on Judge Kavanaugh’

The senior Senator from Florida tweeted his decision Friday morning.
In this Sept. 6, 2018 photo, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh reacts as he testifies after questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Official Washington is scrambling Monday to assess and manage Kavanaugh’s prospects after his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, revealed her identity to The Washington Post and described an encounter she believes was attempted rape. Kavanaugh reported to the White House amid the upheaval, but there was no immediate word on why or whether he had been summoned. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) WX103
Published Sep. 28, 2018

Sen. Bill Nelson tweeted Friday morning that he will vote against U.S. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The decision came minutes before the Senate Judiciary Committee is set to vote on Kavanaugh's nomination and a day after the committee heard emotional testimony from Christine Beasley Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of sexual assaulting her when the two were teenagers in suburban Maryland.

A defiant Kavanaugh also testified that the allegations were false and accused Democrats of an orchestrated smear campaign against him. Two other women have levied other allegations of sexual misconduct, however they did not testify.

The Florida's junior Senator, Marco Rubio, has not yet said how he will vote. On Friday he tweeted a Bible verse about wisdom.

Nelson is one of a handful of closely watched Senators in tough re-election fights. He is in a neck-and-neck race against Republican Gov. Rick Scott.

While he said he was reserving judgment, in July he forecasted his support was unlikely.

Nelson voted against President Donald Trump's previous nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch.

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