A sea of women - thousands of protesters - marched on Washington on Thursday, bursting into the Hart Senate Office Building to hold loud sit-in protests against the judge.
The Senate's vote means it chose to allow for a final vote on Kavanaugh that will determine whether he ascends to the highest court in the land. He appeared to lobby undecided senators by casting two women who confronted Sen.
Chuck Grassley, the most senior Republican on the Senate committee that vets nominees, said the investigation "found no hint of misconduct" - a comment backed up by a string of the party's senators.
Earlier Friday, he voted to advance Kavanaugh's nomination to a final vote.
Six of the witnesses involved Ms Ford's claims, including a lawyer for one of them, and four were related to Deborah Ramirez, who has claimed that Mr Kavanaugh exposed himself to her when both were Yale freshmen, which Mr Kavanaugh denies.
A previously undecided Democratic senator, Heidi Heitkamp, said she would vote against Kavanaugh, citing "concerns about his past conduct" and questions about his "temperament, honesty and impartiality" after his angry, defiant testimony a week ago to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Joe Manchin. Facing a re-election vote in November in the pro-Trump state of West Virginia, he said on Friday he supported Flake's call to delay voting so the FBI could investigate.
Prof Blasey Ford testified last week at a dramatic Judiciary Committee hearing that when she was 15, a drunken 17-year-old Kavanaugh pinned her down, tried to remove her clothing and covered her mouth after she screamed.
With Vice President Mike Pence able to cast a tie-breaking vote, Republicans need at least one of those two senators to vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation.
Sen. Collins says FBI investigation should include Julie Swetnik's allegations
Now a registered Republican, he says he identifies more strongly as a political independent and does not support President Trump . The FBI is now conducting a supplemental background investigation into the sexual assault claims brought against the nominee.
The protesters include a loud contingent from ME, and they're calling on Susan Collins, a key Republican senator, to vote against Kavanaugh.
Kavanaugh was nominated by Trump to succeed retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was seen as a swing vote on the court. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who has yet to announce his position.
He also said the allegations against him were part of what he called a leftwing conspiracy to keep him off the court.
What was already a sharply partisan battle became an intense political drama when university professor Christine Blasey Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were in high school in Maryland in 1982. About 20 minutes after the vote, his office released his schedule, which included an 11:25 a.m. departure for the Big Apple.
"It's time to vote", said Republican Senate Judiciary chair Chuck Grassley on Thursday.
Kavanaugh penned a piece in the Wall Street Journal declaring that his 28-year record shows he's an independent, impartial judge and noting that while he was emotional during the public hearing, he was there "as a son, husband, and dad".
A second undeclared Republican, Susan Collins, also expressed satisfaction with the probe, calling it "a very thorough investigation". After critics blasted Kavanaugh's September 27 testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee as overtly emotional and more, even Republican Justice John Paul Stevens admitted "there's merit to that criticism", the Palm Beach Post originally reported. But in an op-ed published Thursday he insists he remains the same "hardworking, even-keeled" person as always.
A final vote could come Saturday on President Donald Trump's embattled nominee, who if approved would seal a conservative majority on the nine-seat court for decades. Cory Booker, D-N.J. speak during a Senate Judiciary Committee nominations hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Republicans control the Senate by a 51-49 margin.