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Confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh

Senate Democrats worked into the night in a last, ferocious attempt to paint Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as a foe of abortion rights and a likely defender of President Donald Trump. But after two marathon days in the witness chair in a Senate hearing room, Kavanaugh appeared to be on a path to confirmation as a Supreme Court justice.

The 53-year-old appellate judge stuck to a well-rehearsed script throughout his testimony, providing only glimpses of his judicial stances while avoiding any serious mistakes that might jeopardize his confirmation. In what almost seemed like a celebration Thursday, Kavanaugh’s two daughters returned to the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing room for the final hours of testimony, accompanied by teammates on Catholic school basketball teams their father has coached.

Senators will return for a final hearing day on Friday along with more than two dozen witnesses on both sides of the nomination fight. Democratic witnesses include John Dean, Richard Nixon’s White House counsel who cooperated with prosecutors during the Watergate investigation, and Rochelle Garza, the legal guardian for the pregnant immigrant teenager whose quest for an abortion Kavanaugh would have delayed last year.

On the Republican side, former solicitors general Theodore Olson and Paul Clement will testify in support of the nominee, along with former students, law clerks and the mother of a basketball player Kavanaugh coached. (AP)

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Confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh

President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, center, leaves the hearing room to attend a closed session of the Senate Judiciary Committee after three rounds of questioning on the third day of his confirmation hearing, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington, to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. (Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

Confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh

President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh hugs his daughter Liza Kavanaugh during a break in testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, for the third day of his confirmation hearing to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. (Photo: Alex Brandon/AP)

Confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh

From left, Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, talk during a break from testimony in the third round with President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, on the third day of his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington, to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. (Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

Confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, left, R-Iowa, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, work with their aides during a break of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, for the third day of his confirmation hearing to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. (Photo: Alex Brandon/AP)

Confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., gestures as he questions President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, foreground, as he testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, for the third day of his confirmation hearing to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. (Photo: Alex Brandon/AP)

Confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., questions President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, during a third round on the third day of his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington, to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. (Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

Confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh

President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, for the third day of his confirmation hearing to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. (Photo: Alex Brandon/AP)

Confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh

Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., refers to a chart as he questions Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on the third day of his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

Confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh

Code Pink demonstrator Tighe Barry is pulled down from a chair by a U.S. Capitol Police officer after he interrupted the third day of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 6, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., questions Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on the third day of his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

Confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh receives a notes from former law clerk Zina Bash as he testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the third day of his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill September 6, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) shows emails from Manny Miranda, a former Senate Judiciary Committee Republican staffer, to Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh in year 2002 before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the third day of KavanaughÕs Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill, Sept.6, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh

Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., left, Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, talk before President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, for the third day of his confirmation to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. (Photo: Alex Brandon/AP)

Confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh

Demonstrators protest inside the office of Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, urging the Senate to reject the Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, in Washington. (Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AP)

Confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., speaks before President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, for the third day of his confirmation to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh looks over his hand-written notes while testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the third day of his confirmation hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 6, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh

In anticipation of protesters, U.S. Capitol Police surround the public seating area in the hearing room where Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the second day of his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill September 5, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh

U.S. Supreme Court nominee judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies during his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 5, 2018. (Photo: Chris Wattie/Reuters)

Confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh

President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge, holds up a copy of The U.S. Constitution as he testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, for the second day of his confirmation hearing to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. (Photo: acquelyn Martin/AP)

Confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh

Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, from left, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, arrive for the second day of the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018. (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

Confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh

President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, left, accompanied by White House counsel Don McGahn, right, testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, for the second day of his confirmation to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)

Confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh

U.S. Capitol Police remove a protester from the hearing room during the second day of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill September 5, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh

President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, with daughter Liza, departs his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. They are followed by his wife Ashley and older daughter Margaret. (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

Confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh

A demostrator dressed as a character from “The Handmaid’s Tale” protests outside the hearing room where Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh was to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill, Sept. 5, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh

President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh fixes his name sign after being sworn in as he appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, to begin his confirmation to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)

Confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, center, wraps up the first day of confirmation hearings for President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. He is flanked by committee members, from top left, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

Confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, questions President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge, as he testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, for the second day of his confirmation to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)

Confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh

President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, to begin his confirmation to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)

Confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh

President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, to begin his testimony in his confirmation hearing to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)

Confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh

Judge Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in by the Chairman of the US Senate Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley (rear), during his US Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing to be an Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Sept. 4, 2018. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh

A protester is removed by Capitol police during the hearing of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Hart Senate Office Building Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. (Photo: Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images)

Confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh

Fred Guttenberg, the father of Jamie Guttenberg who was killed in the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fla., left, attempts to shake hands with President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, right, as he leaves for a lunch break while appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, to begin his confirmation to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. Kavanaugh did not shake his hand. (Photo/Andrew Harnik/AP)

Confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, his wife Ashley, and daughters Margaret, left, and Liza, are seen during his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing in Hart Building on Sept. 4, 2018. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images)

Confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh

Democratic senators (L-R) Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (R-RI), Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) huddle as Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s appears for his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill, Sept. 4, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh

President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, at left, appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, to begin his confirmation to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)

Confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh

Women dressed as characters from the novel-turned-TV series “The Handmaid’s Tale” stand in an elevator at the Hart Senate Office Building as Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh starts the first day of his confirmation hearing in front of the US Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C, on Sept. 4, 2018. (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh

Family members of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, including his wife, Ashley, far right, and two daughters, listen to Democratic senators motion to adjourn the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing in Hart Building on Sept. 4, 2018. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images)

Confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge, appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)

Confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh

A woman stands and voices her opposition to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, during a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on his nomination for Supreme Court, on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in Washington. (Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

Confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh

Police walk outside the hearing room on the first day of US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., on Sept. 4, 2018. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh

Sen. Chuck Grassley(C), Chairman Judiciary Committee, Sen. Orin Hatch listen(L) R-UT and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) listen on the first day of US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing in front of the US Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 4, 2018. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh

A protester interrupts the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for the Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in Hart Building on Sept. 4, 2018. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images)

Confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein listens as US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh attends the first day of his confirmation hearing in front of the US Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 4, 2018. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh

Democratic staff put out statements before the first day of US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing in front of the US Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 4, 2018. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh arrives for testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 4, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, standing with Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, arrives at the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in Washington, to begin his confirmation hearing to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)

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