Majority of senators back Kagan on eve of vote

WASHINGTON - August 3, 2010

At least 51 senators have announced they will back Kagan in the vote expected Thursday. President Barack Obama named the 50-year-old solicitor general to succeed retired Justice John Paul Stevens.

She's drawn the support so far of all but one Democrat - Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska - plus one independent and five Republicans.

Arkansas Democratic Sens. Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor on Wednesday became the latest Democrats to announce that they, too, plan to vote "yes."

A parade of Republicans are taking to the Senate floor to denounce Kagan as a political activist who has no place on the bench.

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