Votes on Supreme Court nominees are getting tighter

Data: United States Senate; Chart: Naema Ahmed, Lazaro Gamio/Axios

Most Supreme Court justices are confirmed by lopsided majorities, but since the 1990s, partisan votes have become more common. The last justice to be confirmed, Neil Gorsuch, won the second-lowest number of yes votes for a justice on the Supreme Court — surpassed only by Clarence Thomas.

Why it matters: Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation vote is almost certain to continue this trend, as he faces a narrow Republican majority and fierce opposition from Senate Democrats.