GOP Sens. Voinovich, Gregg will vote for Sotomayor

As the Senate nears a vote on the nominee, she gets more Republican support


Alex Koppelman
August 6, 2009 8:07PM (UTC)

The Senate is scheduled to vote on the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court Thursday afternoon. When the vote does happen, there'll be a fair amount of Republicans saying "aye."

New Hampshire Sen. Judd Gregg announced Wednesday that he'll vote to confirm Sotomayor; Ohio Sen. George Voinovich, who'd been the last uncommitted Republican, said Thursday that he'll vote for her as well. That means there'll be nine Republicans, in all, crossing party lines.

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Sotomayor's confirmation is, of course, assured. There is a lingering question about the margin of victory, though, as the votes of all 60 senators who caucus with the Democrats are not assured. Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, for one, has been hesitating to say what he'll do, and he could be spooked off by the NRA's anti-Sotomayor stance and its promise to score the confirmation vote -- that is, remind its members that people like Begich bucked the pro-gun group.

Update: Begich will reportedly vote for Sotomayor.


Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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