“After meeting with Judge Gorsuch, conducting a thorough review of his record, and closely following his hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, I believe that he is a qualified jurist who will base his decisions on his understanding of the law and is well-respected among his peers”.
Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly announced on Sunday that he will vote for Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court, making him the third Democrat to back the Trump nominee.
The moderate Democrat joins West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin and North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp as the only members of his party who have so far announced that they plan to vote for Gorsuch.
With the trio of Democrats, Republicans, who have 52 seats in the Senate, will need five more votes to block a planned filibuster of Gorsuch. Eight Democrats and one Independent, Maine Sen. Angus King, have yet to announce whether they will support or oppose Gorsuch, who currently serves as a judge on the 10th Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals.