Bill Nelson to vote ‘no’ on Kavanaugh

Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonAl Franken says he 'absolutely' regrets resigning Democrats target Florida Hispanics in 2020 Poll: Six Democrats lead Trump in Florida match-ups MORE (D-Fla.) on Friday announced he would vote against Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

The senator made the announcement on Twitter.

Nelson’s tweet came shortly before the Senate Judiciary Committee, of which he is not a member, plans to vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination.


This vote would pave the way to end debate on his nomination on Monday in the full Senate and set up a final vote for Tuesday.

Nelson's announcement comes less than 24 hours after Christine Blasey Ford offered testimony to the committee about her allegation that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party in the 1980s while they were both in high school.

Kavanaugh vehemently denied the allegations in subsequent testimony.

Nelson is one of 10 Democratic senators seeking reelection this fall in states President TrumpDonald John TrumpO'Rourke: Trump driving global, U.S. economy into recession Manchin: Trump has 'golden opportunity' on gun reforms Objections to Trump's new immigration rule wildly exaggerated MORE won in 2016.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday found him holding a 53 percent to 46 percent lead ahead of current Gov. Rick Scott (R) in the Senate race. 

The RealClearPolitics average of polls has Nelson with a narrow 1.1 point lead.