Every Democrat voted for Watford except Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillGOP sees fresh opening with Dems’ single payer embrace Senators blast internet subsidy program It is time to make domestic terrorism a federal crime MORE (Mo.), who did not vote.

Throughout debate on the nominee, Democrats repeatedly praised Watford.

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"He shouldn't be filibustered, he shouldn't require cloture. He's a nominee with impeccable legal qualifications," Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Senate passes 0B defense bill Live coverage: Sanders rolls out single-payer bill MORE (I-Vt.) said ahead of the vote.

Leahy added that Watford is the kind of nominee that should be confirmed overwhelmingly with broad, bipartisan support.

"He has a mainstream record. He demonstrates legal excellence, experience at the top of his legal profession," Leahy said.

Unlike Leahy, Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyGrassley: 'Good chance' Senate panel will consider bills to protect Mueller Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea GOP state lawmakers meet to plan possible constitutional convention MORE said he planned to vote against Watford's confirmation.

"I'm disappointed that the majority leader has brought this nomination to the floor," Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said. "My opposition to this nomination is based upon substantive concerns that I have based on Mr. Watford's views on immigration and the death penalty."

Grassley cited court cases where Watford argued against a controversial immigration law in Arizona and when Watford worked on another case "that would undermine the death penalty."

"I have other concerns this nominee has taken in his legal advocacy as well as his presentations," Grassley continued.

But Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinDems call for action against Cassidy-Graham ObamaCare repeal Feinstein pushes back on Trump’s N. Korea policy Feinstein on reelection bid: ‘We will see’ MORE (D-Calif.) said that there was no reason to oppose Watford's nomination.

"He is not filibuster-able and I really hope that people see the fine and keen intellect that this man is and he should have a very large vote," Feinstein said. "If confirmed, he would be just one of two African-American judges on the 9th circuit."

Earlier in the day Senate Majority vitiated cloture on Watford's nomination so the chamber could hold a roll-call vote.