Senate poised to confirm Trump judicial nominee labeled 'not qualified'
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The Senate is poised to confirm a judicial pick rated "not qualified" by the American Bar Association (ABA). 

Senators voted 48-47 on Monday night to end debate on Leonard Steven Grasz's nomination to be a circuit judge for the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. 

The vote was held open for roughly an hour and a half as Republicans tried to round up missing members in order to lock down the simple majority needed to clear the procedural hurdle.

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Sen. John HoevenJohn Henry HoevenOvernight Energy: Trump Cabinet officials head west | Zinke says California fires are not 'a debate about climate change' | Perry tours North Dakota coal mine | EPA chief meets industry leaders in Iowa to discuss ethanol mandate 74 protesters charged at Capitol in protest of Kavanaugh Big Oil’s carbon capture tax credit betrayal MORE (R-N.D.) arrived just after 7 p.m. to give Republicans their 48th vote, avoiding a tie. 
 
The move sets up a final vote on Grasz's nomination as late as Wednesday morning, if Democrats drag out all the debate time. 

Grasz was the second of Trump's judicial nominees to receive a "not qualified" rating from the ABA. 

"As you know, the Standing Committee confines its evaluation to the qualities of integrity, professional competence, and judicial temperament," the outside group wrote to Sens. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyFord lawyer proposes testifying next Thursday Yale Law School dean responds to reports that Kavanaugh hired women with 'certain look' Kavanaugh tells Senate panel: I want a hearing to 'clear my name' MORE (R-Iowa) and Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinFeinstein's office says it has received threats over Kavanaugh Dem senator praises Ford opening the door to testifying The chaos in the Kavanaugh nomination illustrates the high stakes of the Supreme Court MORE (D-Calif.), the top members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. 
 
The Trump administration notified the ABA in March that it was ending its long-standing practice of inviting its independent Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary to review the professional qualifications of prospective nominees to the lower federal courts on a pre-nomination basis.
 
 
"This is indicative of what has become part of the Republican playbook, the playbook that Donald Trump specializes in and unfortunately my colleagues are joining right in. If you don't like the message, shoot the messenger," he added. 
 
The Senate's vote comes after Grasz was confirmed by the Judiciary Committee last week, despite Democratic objections that Republicans were rushing Trump's judicial nominees. 
 
But Republicans are expected to line up behind Grasz's nomination during a final confirmation vote later this week. 
 
 
Grasz, a senior counsel at a firm in Omaha, previously served as the chief deputy attorney general for the state of Nebraska.