A sharply partisan battle over Kavanaugh became an intense political drama when university professor Christine Blasey Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were in high school in Maryland in 1982.
Kavanaugh, 53, appeared headed toward confirmation by the Senate to the high court until an allegation from Christine Blasey Ford surfaced and she went public with her story in a September 16 account in The Washington Post.
As protesters in a Capitol Hill hallway shouted, "Shame!"
Manchin, however, has found himself in the firing line.
She used a court case from Washington state as an argument against Kavanaugh. Something happened to Dr. Ford.
Democrat and pro-choice Republican senators are particularly concerned that Kavanaugh could be a fifth vote to reverse the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion. Two other women stepped forward in the days that followed with their own allegations of sexual misconduct. Kavanaugh has denied all the accusations.
Meanwhile hundreds of people protested outside the US Capitol against Kavanaugh.
All the while, crowds of demonstrators - mostly Kavanaugh opponents - ricocheted around the Capitol's grounds and hallways, raising tensions, chanting slogans, interrupting lawmakers' debates, confronting senators and often getting arrested.
Murkowski appears to be the sole Republican senator expected to vote against Kavanaugh's confirmation, eliciting criticism from some conservatives.
Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona also said on MSNBC on Friday he would vote yes on Kavanaugh's final confirmation barring no late breaking developments.
The vote tally is 51-49, while the fate of full confirmation, which could be as early as Saturday, remains unclear.
And Trump told Kansas rallygoers that he will hold a ceremonial swearing-in for Kavanaugh at the White House Monday evening.
"There are a minimum of 7 additional people, known to the White House, the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Federal Bureau of Investigation who knew about the assault prior to the nomination who were not interviewed", Koegler wrote of the limited Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into the allegation.
"What left wing groups and their Democratic allies have done to Judge Kavanaugh is nothing short of monstrous", Republican Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa declared before the vote. "That should concern us all", said California Democrat Diane Feinstein, the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee. "However, she continued, the "#MeToo movement is real. Trump mocked Ford on Tuesday during a political rally in MS, further angering Democrats and women campaigning for an end to sexual violence.
Murkowski was the only Republican senator to vote "no" on cloture.
In a signed declaration, he shared an account of two interactions he had with Ford in which she spoke about Kavanaugh's alleged sexual assault years before he was nominated to the Supreme Court.
Some carried elaborate signs reading "KavaNOPE", "We believe survivors", and that the judge was "unfit to serve".