Sotomayor to get vote from No. 3 Republican

July 30, 2009 7:30:06 AM PDT
The Senate's No. 3 Republican is breaking with the rest of his party's leaders to support Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. Sen. Lamar Alexander went to the floor of the chamber Thursday morning to detail his decision. Alexander, a conservative, becomes only the sixth Republican to line up with majority Democrats to back Sotomayor, who's in line to win confirmation next week as the first Hispanic justice.

The others include fellow conservative Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and moderate Sens. Dick Lugar of Indiana, Mel Martinez of Florida, and Maine Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins.

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