Every Democrat voted for Watford except Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillThis week: Senate tries to avoid landmines on massive spending bill The Hill's Morning Report: Dems have a majority in the Senate (this week) Schumer to meet with Kavanaugh on Tuesday 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 LeahyThis week: Senate tries to avoid landmines on massive spending bill Dems to challenge Kavanaugh for White House records Democrats question if Kavanaugh lied about work on terrorism policy 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 GrassleySchumer: Share 'confidential' Kavanaugh documents with entire Senate This week: Senate tries to avoid landmines on massive spending bill Dems to challenge Kavanaugh for White House records 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 FeinsteinThis week: Senate tries to avoid landmines on massive spending bill Dems to challenge Kavanaugh for White House records Democrats question if Kavanaugh lied about work on terrorism policy 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.