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Trump's nominee for Supreme Court passes initial Senate vote

Brett Kavanaugh
Brett Kavanaugh with Donald Trump
US President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh passed on Friday an initial vote at the Senate.

The step sets the stage for a final vote in the chamber Saturday evening, where the White House now believes it has the votes to confirm Kavanaugh, Fox News reported.

The vote to invoke cloture was 51-49. 

While the vote was not necessarily indicative of the final confirmation vote, it moved him one step closer to sitting on the highest court in the land, with three out of four key undecided senators voting "yes" to advance the nomination.

Trump welcomed the vote in a tweet, saying he was "very proud" of the Senate.