WATCH LIVE: Final Senate Vote On Kavanaugh Supreme Court Nomination (5 PM EST)

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2018 file photo, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh arrives to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Seated second row, second from left, Joel Kaplan, Facebook’s vice president for global public policy. Kaplan is a friend of Kavanaugh’s and showed up at the hearing last week. The move prompted concern from some Facebook employees, who took the action as the company endorsing Kavanaugh. The internal tension at Facebook was so high that Kaplan sent a note to staff last Friday apologizing. CEO Mark Zuckeberg also held a staff meeting that same day, explaining Kaplan didn’t break company rules. (Win McNamee/Pool Photo via AP)
FILE – In this Sept. 27, 2018 file photo, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh arrives to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Seated second row, second from left, Joel Kaplan, Facebook’s vice president for global public policy. Kaplan is a friend of Kavanaugh’s and showed up at the hearing last week. The move prompted concern from some Facebook employees, who took the action as the company endorsing Kavanaugh. The internal tension at Facebook was so high that Kaplan sent a note to staff last Friday apologizing. CEO Mark Zuckeberg also held a staff meeting that same day, explaining Kaplan didn’t break company rules. (Win McNamee/Pool Photo via AP)

A final vote on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court is expected on Saturday afternoon.

Senators are expected to vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court starting around 5 p.m. ET Saturday. Watch live in the player below.

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., and Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said Friday they would vote to confirm the nominee, lining up the votes Republicans need to confirm Kavanaugh to the highest court.

Kavanaugh’s nomination has been embroiled in controversy since Christine Blasey Ford came forward last month to say that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while the two were in high school. Two other women stepped forward in the days that followed with their own allegations of sexual misconduct. Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied all of the allegations, including at a hearing featuring testimony from him and Ford last week.

The fallout worsened what had already become a deeply partisan confirmation process. Republicans pointed to missing details in the accounts of accusers, while Democrats largely supported the women, and after Kavanaugh’s emotional testimony in the hearing with Ford, questioned his honesty on other issues, like his personal history with drinking.

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SOURCE: Erica R. Hendry
PBS News Hour