Democrats have the votes to approve her nomination to the Supreme Court this week. But Hispanics and the National Rifle Association – among others – will watch how senators vote.
But the Senate panel vote is nearly party-line, with just one Republican approving her nomination.
Six GOP senators have announced their intentions ahead of Tuesday's Judiciary Committee vote on the Supreme Court nominee.
She was part of an appeals-court panel in 2006 that favored a private developer with the authority to seize land by eminent domain.
Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination draws focus to the gains of minority and female judges nationwide.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is now scheduled to vote on the Supreme Court nominee on July 28. She is expected to win approval both there and in the full Senate.
At her confirmation hearings this week, any ideological slugfest was avoided as the nominee stayed low-key and judicial.
Sotomayor had ruled against them in a controversial reverse-discrimination case. In Senate testimony Thursday, they vented their displeasure.
The Supreme Court nominee is choosing her words carefully about the Second Amendment during confirmation hearings.
But during Tuesday's hearing, the Supreme Court nominee demonstrated a comprehensive understanding of the law and jurisprudence.