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Where Two Men Normally Sit, Two Women Flank Sen. Susan Collins During Kavanaugh Speech

Seating chart ignored during Maine Republican’s lengthy ‘yes’ delivery

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Senate Republicans appeared to rearrange floor seats on Friday so that two women, instead of two men, would sit behind Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, as she gave a floor speech about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., sat behind Collins during the afternoon speech, but those seats are assigned to Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., and Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., according to an official seating chart.

Sen. Jodi Ernst, R-Iowa, sat next to Capito but was not visible on most live feeds.

Collins announced she would vote to confirm Kavanaugh after speaking for nearly an hour about the nominee and process.

High Tension on the Hill Leading Up to Kavanaugh Vote

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