Brett Kavanaugh set to be confirmed as supreme court judge
Donald Trump's favored nominee is set to join the United States' supreme court for life, despite numerous allegations of sexual assault.
The vote to pass his nomination to a full vote of the Senate passed by 49 - 51, with only a single Republican and single Democrat breaking their party's whips.
The vote caused outrage among Democratic politicians and women's groups.
"Today, in just a few hours, the United States Senate is going to turn its back on righteousness,” Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York said. “It’s going to turn its back on fairness and reason. And make no mistake, it is going to turn its back on women.”
The nominee had faced accusations that he sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford and other women during high school and college, charges he denies.
Kavanaugh's nomination will shift the court's composition strongly towards a more socially conservative outlook, with critics worried that the court may now seek to roll back decisions on abortion and gay marriage.
The final vote is due at around 5pm in Washington (9pm GMT).
The US President has welcomed the vote, tweeting: "Women for Kavanaugh, and many others who support this very good man, are gathering all over Capitol Hill in preparation for a 3-5 P.M. VOTE. It is a beautiful thing to see - and they are not paid professional protesters who are handed expensive signs. Big day for America!"