Murkowski is up for reelection in Alaska this year and said that she voted for Jackson based on her qualifications and judicial independence.
Murkowski does however understand the consequences of being a moderate in an election year, stating, “I have assumed a level of risk in doing this because it is a position that my conference has not taken,” she said. “You take that risk and that’s just the way it is.”
Jackson was not so lucky earlier on Monday when the Senate Judiciary panel deadlocked with 11. Democrats voting to advance Jackson’s nomination out of committee, and the 11 Republicans voting against it.
That vote is more for show, with a full senate vote of at least 51 needed in favor for confirmation.