Susan Collins Pledges to Support Ketanji Brown Jackson

Susan Collins Pledges to Support Ketanji Brown Jackson

Sen. has become the first Republican to back to the .

The announcement by the Maine Republican means Jackson’s confirmation will be bipartisan.

CNBC reports:

Jackson is now all but guaranteed to become the first Black woman to serve as a Supreme Court justice.

“After reviewing Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s extensive record, watching much of her hearing testimony, and meeting with her twice in person, I have concluded that she possesses the experience, qualifications, and integrity to serve as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court,” Collins said in a statement Wednesday.

“I will, therefore, vote to confirm her to this position,” the centrist senator from Maine said.

After emerging from a grueling week of confirmation hearings with few scars, the 51-year-old federal judge was expected to be confirmed even if no Republicans in the evenly-split Senate voted for her.

The news comes days after West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin said he would vote for Biden’s Supreme Court nominee. Behind the scenes, Democrats lobbied Republican swing votes as the Senate headed towards Jackson’s confirmation vote.

Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), the Senate’s second-highest ranking Republican, predicted yesterday that Democrats could peel away as many as three GOP votes.

Besides Collins, the most likely Jackson votes from the 50-member Republican caucus are Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Mitt Romney (Utah).

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