Vice President Pence on Wednesday cast the tie-breaking vote in the Senate to advance the nomination of Thomas Farr, who was nominated by President Trump to be a judge North Carolina’s Eastern District and has drawn staunch opposition from Democrats.

Pence was needed after Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., voted against Farr to protest the GOP leadership’s decision to block an unrelated bill to protect special counsel Robert Mueller. In the 51-49 Senate, Flake’s opposition created a 50-50 tie that was broken by Pence.

That vote set up a final vote on Farr that is expected later this week.

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