Senate Confirms Alito

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Mississippi's two U.S. senators voted to confirm Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito.

Thad Cochran and Trent Lott joined in as the Senate voted 58 to 42 to approve the former federal appellate judge, U.S. attorney, and lawyer for the Reagan administration from New Jersey. He was also supported by votes from Alabama senators, Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions.

Alito replaces the retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the court. All but one of the Senate's Republicans members voted for his confirmation All but four of the Democrats voted against Alito.

Alito watched the final vote from the White House with his family. A ceremonial swearing-in is scheduled at the White House East Room Wednesday.


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