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Judiciary Committee Approves First Wise Latina for the High Court

3:43 PM, Jul 28, 2009 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
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Only Lindsey Graham broke Republican ranks and supported her:

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday voted to approve Sonia Sotomayor as the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice over nearly solid Republican opposition, paving the way for a historic confirmation vote.

The panel voted 13-6 in favor of Sotomayor, with just one Republican, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, joining Democrats to support her. The nearly party-line tally masked deeper political divisions within GOP ranks about confirming President Barack Obama's first high court nominee.