Where the Senate Stands on Gorsuch | Roll Call
Where the Senate Stands on Gorsuch
By Sean McMinn and Bridget Bowman
The Senate on Thursday voted to lower the cloture threshold on nominations for Supreme Court justices to a simple majority, all but ensuring passage for Judge Neil Gorsuch to be the next associate justice of the Supreme Court.

Three Democratic senators voted with Republicans to change the rule.

Under previous Senate rules, members could force a 60-vote threshold to end debate on Supreme Court nominees. With only 52 Republicans in the chamber, eight Democrats would have needed to break ranks in order for the body to advance Gorsuch, who is replacing Justice Antonin Scalia. Not enough were willing to do so.

Roll Call kept track of every senator’s position leading up to the cloture vote on the Supreme Court nominee, with special focus on the 15 Democrats who could have voted in favor of confirmation or cloture and two Republicans who may have bucked their party’s nominee.

Below is the final tally for members of the 115th Senate and how they planned to vote for cloture, as well as the final confirmation vote.

Support for Cloture

60-vote threshold

52

4

44

GOP “yes”

Dem.

“yes”

Dem. “no”

Support for Gorsuch

50-vote threshold

44

3

1

52

Dem. unknown

GOP “yes”

Dem unknown

Dem “yes”

Dem “no”

Support for Cloture

60-vote threshold

52

4

44

Support for Gorsuch

50-vote threshold

52

3

44

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Democrats to watch
Click on a senator for more information about why they might break ranks.
Democrats supporting cloture
If Republicans stick together, they’ll need eight Senate Democrats to join them in order to end debate in the chamber and confirm Gorsuch.
Republicans to Watch
These Republicans may be the most likely to vote against their party’s nominee.
For the record
We've counted senators who have declared their position on Gorsuch.
support nominee
oppose nominee
no position on nominee
support cloture
oppose cloture
no position on cloture