Graham to vote yes on Kagan confirmation

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamOvernight Finance: Dems seek probe of acting SEC chief | Defense hawks say they won't back short-term funding | Senate seen as start point for Trump infrastructure plan | Dems want more money for IRS Overnight Defense: Pentagon considers more troops for Afghanistan | McCain, Graham won't back short-term funding | GOP defends Trump rules of engagement McCain and Graham: We won't back short-term government funding bill MORE (R-S.C.) will vote in favor of Elena Kagan’s confirmation to the Supreme Court.

Graham announced his intention to vote for Kagan’s appointment to the bench before the final Judiciary Committee vote Tuesday.

“No one spent more time trying to beat President Obama perhaps other than Sen. McCain,” Graham said. “I understood that we lost, Sen. Obama won, and … the Constitution requires me as a senator not to replace my judgment for his … or pick a fight with Ms. Kagan.”

Graham is the only Republican of the seven on the Judiciary Committee expected to join all 12 Democrats to vote for Kagan. A final panel vote is expected about noon after every senator on the committee finishes making their statements explaining their vote.

The full Senate is expected to approve her nomination with just a handful of centrist GOP votes most likely later this month.