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37 Votes Against Elena Kagan Is 6th Highest Since World War II

Aug 5, 2010

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The vote was 63-37.  Elena Kagan has been confirmed as the 112th Justice for the United States Supreme Court.

President Obama, Senate Democrats, and Kagan's allies and advocates are thrilled.

But the 37 "no" votes is the sixth highest tally any court nominee has received since World War II, and the third most against any nominee who ultimately won confirmation.

Here's the list:

Robert Bork — 58 (rejected 42-58, 10/23/87)

Clement Haynsworth — 55 (rejected 45-55, 11/21/69)

G. Harrold Carswell — 51 (rejected 45-51, 4/8/70)

Clarence Thomas — 48 (confirmed 52-48, 10/15/91)

Samuel Alito — 42 (confirmed 58-42, 1/31/06)

Elena Kagan — 37 (confirmed 63-37, 8/5/10)

William Rehnquist (for chief justice) — 33 (confirmed 65-33, 9/17/86)

Sonia Sotomayor — 31 (confirmed 68-31, 8/6/09)

William Rehnquist — 26 (confirmed 68-26, 12/10/71)

John Roberts (for chief justice) — 22 (confirmed 78-22, 9/29/05)

Potter Stewart — 17 (confirmed 70-17, 5/5/59)

Sherman Minton — 16 (confirmed 48-16, 10/4/49)

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