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Senate Confirms Trump's Third Supreme Court Nominee

The vote comes just days before Election Day 2020

Tonight, Senate Republicans voted to confirm President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a major victory for the president and his party just days before Nov. 3, a win that could push the high court in a more conservative direction for generations to come.

The vote was 52-48. Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who is in a tough reelection fight, was the only GOP senator to cross party lines and vote with Democrats against the nomination after having expressed concerns that it's too close to Election Day to consider a nominee. The stakes in the Supreme Court battle are immense and come at a pivotal time in American politics in the run up to an election in which control of Congress and the White House are on the line.

Trump's appointment of a new Supreme Court justice marks the third of his tenure in office, giving Republicans a historic opportunity to deliver on the key conservative priority and campaign promise of transforming the federal courts through lifetime appointments. Trump is expected to swear-in Barrett at the White House in an outdoor ceremony later Monday night, a source familiar with the invitation tells CNN.

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