Justice Sotomayor has been confirmed in the US Senate by a vote of 68-31 with Kennedy (D-Mass) absent due to illness. Nine Republicans, including Senator Graham of South Carolina voted to confirm her.
Thursday, August 06, 2009
Here are the Republicans who voted to confirm:
Mel Martinez (R-FL)
The CNN story linked above notes that none of them are seeking reelection in 2010. One might also note that only three of the nine are from Southern states and one of them is a Hispanic from Florida. Three of them are from New England where Republicans are an endangered species. Two are from the "swing states" of Ohio and Missouri and the final Senator in the group is the "mavricky" Richard Lugar of Indiana (a traditionally Republican state that recently looked to be trending in a swing state direction).
Interestingly, Indiana, South Carolina and Tennessee all have many counties where the growth in the Hispanic population between 2000 and 2007 is over 40%. I don't intend to make any causal claims - not enough evidence for that. I just did a quick search and found some interesting data points.
Posted by Raised By Republicans at 2:15 PM