At a speech to in Chicago today, Republican Senator Mark Kirk announced he will vote YES on the confirmation of Loretta Lynch. Kirk’s vote is crucial and come a day after the indictment of New Jersey Democrat Bob Menendez who also confirmed to Politico that he will vote in favor of Lynch’s nomination.
Five Republicans have now publicly said they support Lynch: Sens. Kirk, Orrin Hatch (UT), Lindsey Graham (SC), Jeff Flake (AZ) and Susan Collins (ME) have said they will support Lynch. Sen. Kirk has what’s expected to be a tight race for re-election next year.
Republican Senators Kelly Ayotte (NH), Rob Portman (OH) and Lisa Murkowski (AK) ahve not revealed how they will vote on Lynch’s nomination.