Judge Sonia Sotomayor was expected to easily win Senate confirmation Thursday as two more Republican senators announced their support for the country's first Hispanic high court pick.
The final day of debate is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., with a vote on her nomination scheduled for about 3 p.m. Legal sources said a White House swearing-in ceremony could happen as early as Friday.
A new nationwide poll also showed that a majority of Americans now believe the Senate should confirm Sotomayor.
Most Senate Democrats and Republicans, however, continued to express sharply differing opinions of Sotomayor's experience and temperament during the full chamber's second day of deliberations.
Democrats praised the nominee as a fair and impartial jurist with an extraordinary life story. Many Republicans continued to portray her as a judicial activist intent on reinterpreting the law to conform with her own liberal political beliefs.
Sen. Kit Bond, R-Missouri, broke with the majority of Senate Republicans when he took to the Senate floor to announce that he would vote for Sotomayor despite disagreeing with several of her rulings.
"There's been no significant finding against her. There's been no public uprising against her," Bond said. "I do not believe that the Constitution tells me that I should refuse to support her merely because I disagree with her on some cases. I will support her, I'll be proud for her, the community she represents, and the American dream she shows is possible."
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