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Republican Sen. Susan Collins (Maine) will support Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, she told the New York Timesensuring the judge will be confirmed with a simple majority of Senate votes and with bipartisan support—though it’s still unclear whether any other GOP senators will follow suit.

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Collins told the Times she made up her mind to vote for Jackson after meeting with her on Tuesday for a second time, which she said had “alleviated some concerns” about the judge following her Senate confirmation hearings, where a number of Republican senators went after her judicial record.

“There can be no question that she is qualified to be a Supreme Court justice,” Collins told the Timessaying Jackson had also convinced her she would not “[bend] the law to meet a personal preference.”

Collins said Jackson had assured her she “would stay out of” the issue of adding justices to the court—which some other GOP senators had criticized her for not weighing in on—and said she adequately explained concerns some Republican colleagues had raised about her work on behalf of Guantanamo Bay prisoners.