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No pins and needles ahead of Sotomayor vote

Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 14, 2009, before the Senate Judiciary Committee.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 14, 2009, before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

WASHINGTON (AP) - There's not much suspense as Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor faces a Senate Judiciary Committee vote today with the outcome all but assured.

Sotomayor is also a virtual lock to be confirmed by the full Senate next week. But the committee's top two Republicans say they'll vote against her. Alabama's Jeff Sessions says Sotomayor will revert to judicial activism once she takes the bench. And Chuck Grassley of Iowa says she didn't convince him during her confirmation hearings that she'll be able to set aside personal feelings and decide cases impartially.

Lindsey Graham is the only committee Republican who has said he'll support Sotomayor.


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