Denver (AP) The vote won't occur until this afternoon, but Colorado Senator Wayne Allard says the Senate Judiciary Committee's approval of John Roberts' nomination is a done deal. Allard is already on-record in support of roberts' bid to become the next Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. And the republican lawmaker tells Denver's KOA radio that with the panel's top democrat also announcing he'll back Roberts, the nomination will go to the full Senate with bipartisan support. Democrat Patrick Leahy of Vermont announced yesterday he'd vote for confirmation. The committee's majority of ten republicans is also behind Roberts. Still unclear is how some of the eight democrats will vote. Colorado Senator Ken Salazar says he's still undecided. That's made him the focus of intense lobbying from Roberts'supporters and his opponents. Allard says the expected bipartisan vote in favor of Roberts will add strength to his nomination when it goes to the full Senate
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