House contests this year already were expected to be determined by suburban women, who had pulled away from the President over his term in the White House and appear to be the most sympathetic to Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who testified that Kavanaugh had assaulted her when both were teenagers.
Ahead of the Senate vote, protesters vented their rage on the steps of the US Capitol. "If you voted against Kavanaugh they wouldn't process the credit card numbers and something over $2 million was raised".
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said after the final Senate vote that Kavanaugh's appointment would "good impact" for Republicans.
The prolonged nomination battle has roiled American politics and passions - the vote was disrupted on several occasions by angry protests from the gallery - but handed Trump one of the biggest victories of his presidency. Susan Collins' comments on Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, calling them "insulting".
But the fight was defined by the sexual assault accusations.
In a rare question and answer session with the press in Egypt yesterday, the first lady, who's made an anti-bullying campaign her signature issue, said only that she's "against any kind of abuse or violence" and believes Kavanaugh is qualified for the post.
Trump, seeking a legacy as the president who put a strongly conservative stamp on the court, said on Saturday before the vote that Kavanaugh would do "great, great" job there.
Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY looked ahead to November, appealing to voters beyond the Senate chamber: "Change must come from where change in America always begins: the ballot box".
Rice, however, said her "ties to ME are long and deep".
Her comments at The New Yorker Festival seemed to indicate that other viable candidate might exist in the state.
In a separate appearance on CBS News's "Face the Nation," the majority leader predicted that the anti-Kavanaugh protests will backfire by energizing the Republican base in the November 6 mid-term elections, in which the GOP is looking to hang on to its majorities in the House and Senate. "We stood up to the mob", McConnell said.
The Trump appointee has been publicly accused of sexual misconduct by three women in recent weeks, and critics have characterized his confirmation as an affront to survivors of sexual assault.
Kavanaugh moved past a key hurdle during a procedural vote in the Senate Friday that advanced his confirmation to a final vote set for Saturday. A report from the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University said ME is the top state in the nation for television ad spending related to Kavanaugh's confirmation.
The Senate, under McConnell held no hearings and even refused to meet with the nominee.
"This has been terrifying, her family has been through a lot", Ford's lawyer, Debra Katz, told MSNBC's Kasie Hunt.
"The last thing I wanted was to make this about me", says Strong as Collins.
The only party dissenters were Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, who had meant to vote no, and Democrat Joe Manchin, who voted yes.