WASHINGTON– Democrats have obtained the 41 votes needed to sustain the filibuster on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, according to CNN’s vote count. This will prevent Republicans from reaching the 60-vote threshold required to end the filibuster.
Three Democrats voted with Republicans, but that still wasn’t enough. The final tally was 55-45.
Traditionally, this is where this process would end. But not this time…
Republicans will move shortly to use the nuclear option to make it easier for them to break the filibuster — triggering a historic change to the Senate. Gorsuch will be able to clear the hurdle with just 51 votes.