Bench Memos

Near-Final Republican Vote Tally on Sotomayor

The confirmation vote on Judge Sotomayor will take place at 3:00 this afternoon.  Senator McCain’s recent statement announcing his intention to vote against Sotomayor has been followed by similar statements from Senators Barrasso, Ensign, Enzi, and Murkowski, so that makes a total of 31 declared no votes.  Eight Republicans—Senators Bond and Gregg have recently joined Alexander, Collins, Graham, Lugar, Martinez, and Snowe—have stated that they will vote in favor of Sotomayor’s confirmation, and one senator, Voinovich, remains to be heard from.

Update:  As was widely expected, Voinovich will vote for Sotomayor.  So that makes a total of 31 Republicans against and 9 in favor.

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