Every Democrat voted for Watford except Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillDemocratic Kansas City, Mo., mayor eyes Senate run Demings asked about Senate run after sparring with Jordan on police funding Republicans fret over divisive candidates 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 LeahyBiden officials testify that white supremacists are greatest domestic security threat Senate Democrats push Biden over raising refugee cap On The Money: Democratic scramble complicates Biden's human infrastructure plan | Progressives push on student debt relief 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 GrassleyChuck GrassleyOn The Money: Biden says workers can't turn down job and get benefits | Treasury launches state and local aid | Businesses jump into vax push Grassley criticizes Biden's proposal to provide IRS with B The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Infrastructure, Cheney ouster on deck as Congress returns 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 FeinsteinIf you want Julie Su at the DOL, don't point to her resume Senate Democrats push Biden over raising refugee cap Lawmakers react to guilty verdict in Chauvin murder trial: 'Our work is far from done' 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.