That gave him enough Senate support to win confirmation after a bitter, partisan battle.
Ultimately, it was Collins who put Kavanaugh on the brink of a lifetime appointment.
Manchin announced he would vote to confirm Kavanaugh, in spite of "reservations" about the allegations and the nominee's temperament. Jeff Flake's recent encounter in a Senate elevator with a protestor who demanded that Flake "look at" her.
Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, confronting a tough re-election race next month in a state that Trump won in 2016 by a landslide, was the sole Democrat to vote for Kavanaugh. But Collins said witnesses Ford had identified who were interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation last week and included in a report the agency gave lawmakers had failed to corroborate Ford's claims. She did not say whether or not she believed if Kavanaugh considered Roe v. Wade one of those extreme circumstances. "I believe he is a good man, it just may be that in my view he is not the right man for the court at this time", she added. She also said that while she believed Christine Blasey Ford was a victim of trauma, she cast doubt on Ford's story.
Rice has a home in ME, a source said, and her family has ties to the state: Her mother, an education policy expert who was instrumental in the creation of the Pell Grant, was born there. As of Friday night, she appears to be the only Republican who will vote against the judge. Both were surrounded by colleagues from both parties after the vote. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., one of Kavanaugh's most ardent supporters.
Except for Murkowski and Manchin, the vote proceeded along party lines.
"Professor Ford has not asked for anything of the sort", attorney Debra Katz said to CNN.
Collins' decision leaves opponents of Kavanaugh hoping for an unlikely scenario of at least two other senators who had previously backed him to change their minds and declare they will vote against him. Steve Daines, R-Mont., who is attending his daughter's wedding in Montana. Senators often partner like that to allow an absence without affecting the outcome.
Murkowski, on the other hand, announced earlier Friday that she did not intend to vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation.
The White House cheered the Senate vote Friday.
The dramatic Senate floor announcement by perhaps the chamber's most moderate Republican ended most of the suspense over a tortuous, election-season battle that had left Kavanaugh's fate in doubt for almost a month after the first accusation against him.
Katz told Bash that she and Ford thought Feinstein had respected the process involving her constituent. Orrin Hatch said; Collins' speech "was the best analysis of Judge Kavanaugh's record we have heard, a thorough review of questions raised, and a powerful explanation as to why he is worthy of consideration".
The outcome, telegraphed Friday when the final undeclared senators revealed their views, was devoid of the shocks that had come nearly daily since Christine Blasey Ford said last month that an inebriated Kavanaugh tried to rape her at a 1982 high school get-together.