WASHINGTON -- Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan picked up support from another Senate Republican today, as Olympia Snowe, of Maine, announced she would support Kagan's nomination.
Snowe is the fourth Republican to announce her support. Republicans Susan Collins, also of Maine, Richard Lugar of Indiana, and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, have already said they will vote to confirm Kagan.
“Throughout my tenure in the Senate, I have applied a uniform standard for evaluating nominees for the United States Supreme Court, under both Republican and Democratic administrations," Snowe said in a statement. "I find that Ms. Kagan has met that standard with the strong intellect, respect for the rule of law, and understanding of the important but limited role of the Supreme Court that I believe is required of any justice. "
President Obama in May nominated Kagan, former dean of Harvard Law School to fill the seat of retiring Justice John Paul Stevens.
A final vote on the nomination is expected next week.
Republican Scott Brown of Massachusetts has not yet announced how he will vote.
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