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GOP Sen Going to Daughter's Wedding, But Will Be There for Kavanaugh

Montana GOP Sen. Steve Daines speaks into a mic before a Senate hearing
Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

By    |   Thursday, 04 October 2018 09:48 PM

Montana's Republican Sen. Steve Daines now says he will be able, if needed, to help secure the confirmation this weekend for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh — even his daughter is getting married Saturday, the same day the vote is scheduled.

Fox News originally reported that Daines would walk his daughter down the aisle no matter what, even if that meant a failed vote for the GOP majority.

But late Thursday, Fox reported that Daines had spoken to Kavenaugh, saying he had made "arrangements to get him across the finish line as needed."

Daines' absence would have gummed up the works for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., as he aims to push through nomination to the high court.

Republicans currently hold a 51-49 majority in the Senate and can only afford one defection if Democrats unanimously vote against Kavanaugh. Three GOP Republicans — Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine  — were undecided as of Thursday.

Daines' absence also would push Vice President Mike Pence out of the mix, since 99 senators would be voting and Pence can only settle things in the event of a tie, Fox News noted.

The other configuration for a Kavanaugh confirmation would be if two of the three GOP Senators and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., vote to approve him. 

But Manchin also has not announced how he intends to vote.

Daines will stick around Friday morning when the Senate takes a vote to end debate on Kavanaugh's nomination, Fox News reported.

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Montana's Republican Sen. Steve Daines says he will walk his daughter down the aisle Saturday, regardless if the vote on Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination has completed, according to Fox News.
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