Jones to vote against Kavanaugh
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Red-state Democratic Sen. Doug Jones (Ala.) announced Thursday night that he will oppose Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination. 
 
“Dr. Ford was credible and courageous and I am concerned about the message our vote will be sending to our sons and daughters, as well as victims of sexual assault. I will be voting no," Jones said in a statement. 
 
He added that the process for Kavanaugh's nomination "has been flawed from the beginning and incomplete at the end." 
 
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Jones's announcement comes hours after Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing him of sexual assault, testified during an emotional, high-stakes Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. 
 
In a separate tweet, Jones said he had called for the vote on Kavanaugh to be postponed, disclosure of all of his documents and for the Judiciary Committee to subpoena Mark Judge, Kavanaugh's classmate whom Ford alleges witnessed her assault.

"Dr. Ford was credible & courageous. What message will we send to our daughters & sons, let alone sexual assault victims?" he said, along with the hashtag #Rightsideofhistory.
 
Jones was one of several red-state Democrats who remained on the fence despite the sexual assault allegations that have thrown Kavanaugh's nomination into limbo. 
 
Republicans viewed him as a potential "yes" vote because he won the seat previously held by now Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe 'pitcher of warm spit' — Veepstakes and the fate of Mike Pence FBI officials hid copies of Russia probe documents fearing Trump interference: book Tuberville breaks DC self-quarantine policy to campaign MORE during last year's special election in deeply red Alabama. Jones is on the ballot for a full six-year term in 2020.
Jones told reporters as recently as last week that he "officially" remained undecided on Kavanaugh's nomination. 
 
A spokeswoman said on Thursday night that Jones was not able to get a meeting with Kavanaugh, something he has said for weeks that he wanted. 
 
"We made several attempts to schedule a meeting to take place once the first hearings concluded, but were unable to confirm one," Heather Fluit, a spokeswoman for Jones, added. 
 
Republicans don't need Jones's vote to confirm Kavanaugh. They hold a 51-49 margin, meaning they can lose one Republican senator before they need help from Democrats to confirm him.  
 
No Republican has said, yet, that they will oppose Kavanaugh. GOP Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOn The Trail: The first signs of a post-Trump GOP Frustration builds as negotiators struggle to reach COVID-19 deal Shaheen, Chabot call for action on new round of PPP loans MORE (Maine), Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeCheney clashes with Trump Sessions-Tuberville Senate runoff heats up in Alabama GOP lawmakers stick to Trump amid new criticism MORE (Ariz.) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiOn The Money: Unemployment benefits to expire as coronavirus talks deadlock | Meadows, Pelosi trade criticism on stalled stimulus talks | Coronavirus recession hits Social Security, Medicare, highway funding Unemployment benefits to expire as coronavirus talks deadlock Overnight Energy: Official says protesters not cleared from Lafayette Square for Trump | Trump administration blasts banks refusing to fund Arctic drilling | 2019 coal production hit lowest level since 1978 MORE (Alaska) remain on the fence.

Fellow red-state Democratic Sens. Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyEx-Sen. Joe Donnelly endorses Biden Lobbying world 70 former senators propose bipartisan caucus for incumbents MORE (Ind.), Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn Heitkamp70 former senators propose bipartisan caucus for incumbents Susan Collins set to play pivotal role in impeachment drama Pro-trade group launches media buy as Trump and Democrats near deal on new NAFTA MORE (N.D.) and Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinHouse-passed spending bill would block Pebble Mine construction The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - At loggerheads, Congress, White House to let jobless payout lapse Coronavirus recession hits Social Security, Medicare, highway funding MORE (W.Va.) also remain undecided. They reach voted for Neil Gorsuch, Trump's first Supreme Court nominee.