North Dakota Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp will vote against confirming Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, she revealed to local media Thursday afternoon.
“The process has been bad but at the end of the day you have to make a decision and I’ve made that decision, I will be voting no on Judge Kavanaugh,” she told North Dakota’s WDAY ABC in an exclusive interview. Heitkamp was seen as a possible yes vote for Kavanaugh.
North Dakota voted by significant margins for President Donald Trump and recent polling shows a precarious race for her re-election. Heitkamp was seen as one of two possible Democratic votes for Kavanaugh, the other being West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin.
My statement on U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh: pic.twitter.com/exZcK78JtF— Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (@SenatorHeitkamp) October 4, 2018
Despite the FBI report coming back clean, and Heitkamp facing a tough election in November, the Senator decided to take a big risk and vote now.
Manchin has not yet revealed how he will vote for Kavanaugh. Heitkamp’s revelation comes after the FBI released a report to the Senate on its investigation of decades old sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh.