Democratic Senators Joe Manchin (WV) and Heidi Heitkamp (ND) indicated Wednesday they have seen or heard nothing to this point that would turn them off from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, making the Trump appointee’s confirmation all the more likely.
> "Not so far," Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, a North Dakota Democrat, told CNN Wednesday afternoon when asked if anything she's heard so far would be considered disqualifying.
> "No, I haven't seen anything from that standpoint," Sen. Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, said when asked if he's heard anything that would lead him to vote no. "He's handled himself very professionally."
Both lawmakers said they will wait until the conclusion of Kavanaugh’s hearings to reach a final decision, but they are also under intense pressure to make the right choice, as red-state Democrats up for re-election.
Likewise, the two Republican Senators most likely to derail Kavanaugh’s confirmation have suggested they also support the nominee:
> The two most likely GOP defectors, Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, both have sounded positive about Kavanaugh.
> And Collins suggested she wasn't concerned when asked Tuesday evening about Democratic complaints over the Trump administration's decision to withhold more than 100,000 pages of documents from the Senate Judiciary Committee over claims of privilege.
> "I don't really understand their level of outrage when they had already made clear they were going to vote against any nominee that the President put forward," Collins told CNN, echoing Republican criticism of their Democratic counterparts.