Protesters gathered outside the Capitol to protest against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, even as his supporters in the Senate appeared to have locked up the votes for his confirmation Saturday.
West Virginia's Joe Manchin is also planning to vote yes on Kavanaugh-the only Democrat to do so.
Collins' decision leaves opponents of Kavanaugh hoping for an unlikely scenario of at least two other senators who had previously backed him to change their minds and declare they will vote against him.
Rice later clarified her initial tweet, saying that she was not making a formal announcement, but expressing "deep disappointment" in Collins.
Murkowski and Manchin were two of the final holdouts on how they would vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation, along with Republican Sens. Collins had voted for cloture but it had been unclear if she would also cast her vote for confirmation. Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan.
"Change must come from where change in America always begins: the ballot box", said Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY, looking ahead to November. The deadline for a final vote is Saturday at 2 p.m. PT. The session was presided over by Pence. Daines was one of the "yea" votes to end debate on the nominee.
The likelihood of Judge Kavanaugh winning a full Senate vote on Saturday appeared to increase after two Republicans whose backing will be essential gave a positive account of the Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry.
But this has truly been the most hard evaluation of a decision that I have ever had to make, and I've made some interesting ones in my career.
"We will be ill-served in the long run if we abandon the presumption of innocence and fairness, tempting though it may be", Collins said in remarks that also addressed the sexual-abuse allegations against Kavanaugh.
Overwhelmingly, most listeners who called in supported Kavanaugh and applauded swing vote Sen.
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Kay Coles James, president of the conservative Heritage Foundation, called the vote "a victory for liberty in America" and called Kavanaugh "a good man and good jurist".
Advisers and Senate leaders had urged Trump not to attack Ford publicly, anxious such a move would anger on-the-fence senators.
Lastly, Collins directed her attention at the leaker of Dr. Ford's letter. "And I think we're at a place where we need to begin thinking about the credibility and integrity of our institutions". Another 101 protesters were arrested Friday, the U.S. Capitol Police said. He has a decent sized lead in the polls against the Republican, Patrick Morrisey.
"I think we have a momentum that hasn't been seen in years", he said. "Watching [Ford], I could not help but feel that some people who wanted to engineer the defeat of this nomination cared little, if at all, for her well-being", she said.
Murkowski lost a primary battle in 2010 but was re-elected as a write-in candidate.
Susan Collins's (R-Maine) floor speech to announce that she will vote for the nomination of Supreme Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, at the U.S. Capitol on Friday. That support all but assured Republicans of the votes they needed to push the nomination across the finish line.
Judge Kavanaugh and Ford both gave emotional testimonies regarding her allegations.
Collins, perhaps the chamber's most moderate Republican, proclaimed her support for Kavanaugh at the end of a floor speech that lasted almost 45 minutes.
Manchin said he had reservations about Kavanaugh because of the sexual misconduct allegations against him "and the temperament he displayed in the hearing". "And my heart goes out to anyone who has experienced any type of sexual assault in their life".
"Professor Ford has not asked for anything of the sort". "Dr. Ford's goal here was never to impact the process to derail a nomination", attorney Lisa Banks said on All Things Considered.
When it was her turn, Murkowski stood up, paused, and whispered "no", her voice barely audible.