Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski said on Saturday she would vote to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Monday.
Murkowski said in September she "would not support taking up a potential supreme court vacancy this close to the election."
"I have no doubt about [Barrett's] intellect. I have no doubt about Judge Barrett's judicial temperament. I have no doubt about her capability to do the job. ... I have concluded that she is the sort of person we want on the Supreme Court," Murkowski said.
"I believe that the only way to put us back on the path of appropriate consideration of judicial nominees is to evaluate Judge Barrett as we would want to be judged, on the merits of her qualifications," Murkowski said.
Murkowski said she lost the "procedural fight" of "moving forward on a nominee just over a week removed from a pitched presidential election when partisan tensions are running about as high as they could."
"While I oppose the process that has led us to this point, I do not hold it against [Barrett] as an individual who has navigated the gauntlet with grace, skill and humility," Murkowski said. "I will vote no on the procedural votes ahead of us but yes to confirm Judge Barrett when the question before us is her qualification to be an associate justice."
🔦 Senator Susan Collins is now the only Republican expected to vote against Barrett.