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Gianforte offers GOP senator plane to return for Kavanaugh vote

Sen. Steve DainesSteven (Steve) David DainesDemocrat trails by 3 points in Montana Senate race: poll Poll shows statistical tie in Montana Senate race Power players play chess match on COVID-19 aid MORE (R-Mont.) says he has a plan for returning to the Senate if his vote is needed on Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination: Rep. Greg GianforteGregory Richard GianforteDemocrat trails by 3 points in Montana Senate race: poll Poll shows statistical tie in Montana Senate race Energized by polls, House Democrats push deeper into GOP territory MORE’s (R-Mont.) plane.

“My good friend and colleague, Greg Gianforte, has come to save the day. If I need to be in two places at once to walk my daughter down the aisle on her wedding day and to be the final vote to put Judge Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, he’s offered me use of his plane,” Daines said in a statement on Friday. 

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Daines was expected to leave Washington, D.C., on Friday to fly to Montana for his daughter’s wedding on Saturday, leaving Republicans down one senator for the final confirmation vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination. 

Senators voted 51-49 to end debate on Kavanaugh’s nomination. If every senator votes the same on Saturday, Republicans wouldn’t need Daines. 

But Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsHouse Judiciary Republicans mockingly tweet 'Happy Birthday' to Hillary Clinton after Barrett confirmation Barrett sworn in as Supreme Court justice by Thomas Roberts to administer judicial oath to Barrett Tuesday MORE (R-Maine) and Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinDemocratic Senate emerges as possible hurdle for progressives  Susan Collins and the American legacy Democrats seem unlikely to move against Feinstein MORE (D-W.Va.) haven’t said how they will vote. GOP Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiHarris blasts GOP for confirming Amy Coney Barrett: 'We won't forget this' GOP Senate confirms Trump Supreme Court pick to succeed Ginsburg Murkowski predicts Barrett won't overturn Roe v. Wade MORE (Alaska) voted against ending debate. 

If Republicans need Daines to confirm Kavanaugh they could hold the vote open until he returns from Montana. 

"If there is any change to timing or any announcements on votes, we'll be sure to get the info out as we always do," a spokesperson for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell tees up Trump judicial pick following Supreme Court vote Democrats warn GOP will regret Barrett confirmation GOP Senate confirms Trump Supreme Court pick to succeed Ginsburg MORE (R-Ky.) said in a statement to The Hill on Thursday night. 

A spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerGraham dismisses criticism from Fox Business's Lou Dobbs Lewandowski: Trump 'wants to see every Republican reelected regardless of ... if they break with the president' Democratic Senate emerges as possible hurdle for progressives  MORE (D-N.Y.) said Thursday evening that they have not had any talks with McConnell's staff about getting a deal to move the final Saturday vote on Kavanaugh's nomination.