Should a single Republican defect to oppose Kavanaugh it could throw his confirmation into jeopardy, but there has been little sign that any member of the GOP was prepared to buck Trump and their party leadership.
Kavanaugh was already coming into this hearing with a hard task: convince Congress that he isn't a lackey Supreme Court pick for a president who has repeatedly flouted the rule of law. "No security involved. He turned and walked away".
The Politico/Morning Consult poll shows that Democratic women are clearly leading the charge against Kavanaugh, while their male cohorts are, well, less helpful.
With majority Republicans appearing united, it's doubtful the hearings will affect the eventual confirmation of President Donald Trump's nominee.
Shrieking protesters also disrupted the hearing.
Addressing some of those concerns, Kavanaugh said that "the first thing that makes a good judge is independence, not being swayed by political or public pressure", He cited historic court cases including Brown v. Board of Education that desegregated schools and USA v. Nixon that compelled the president to turn over the Watergate tapes - a ruling that Kavanaugh had previously questioned. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley was tasked with making the opening remarks at the hearing and after a long period of interruptions chose to proceed with the opening statements over the shouts of protesters.
During day two of his confirmation hearings Wednesday, Kavanaugh referred to the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion as an "important precedent".
"I can't give you an answer on that hypothetical question", Mr Kavanaugh said.
He worked under special counsel Kenneth Starr in his investigation into President Bill Clinton's relationship with intern Monica Lewinsky in the 1990s.
Senator Dianne Feinstein asked Brett Kavanaugh directly for his views on a woman's right to choose.
Leahy followed by asking whether the president has the ability to pardon someone in exchange for a promise not to testify against him.
Kavanaugh said: "The question of self-pardons is something I have never analyzed".
Feinstein had asked the question in the context of U.S. v. Nixon, the 1974 unanimous Supreme Court ruling ordering then-President Nixon to hand over tape recordings from his White House that ultimately led to his resignation.
Video: The first day of Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings on September 4 was delayed almost 90 minutes as Democrats made repeated requests for Kavanaugh documents along with motions to adjourn.
Feinstein asked Kavanaugh about his 2009 article that concluded sitting presidents should be free from the distractions of civil lawsuits, criminal prosecutions and investigations.
Lawyers who had argued cases in front of Kavanaugh recalled him as an active questioner from the bench, and a very well prepared jurist who would fit in on a Supreme Court whose justices are largely not shy in oral arguments with advocates. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) told reporters on Wednesday.
Klobuchar's statement also reviewed several reasons she is concerned about what she considers Trump's disrespect for the rule of law and the Constitutional balance of powers, and she implied that in Kavanaugh he seeks an enabler.
"One of the important things to keep in mind about Roe v. Wade is that it has been reaffirmed many times", he continued, singling out Planned Parenthood v. Casey as particularly weighty because it "didn't just reaffirm it in passing"; it laid out all the "factors relevant to stare decisis to decide whether Roe should be overruled".
"That takes some backbone", he said of the justices who decided those cases. Kennedy was a solid conservative but sided with the court's liberals on some issues, including abortion and gay rights.
Many Democratic senators already have announced their intention to vote against Kavanaugh and many Republicans have likewise signaled their support. The ruling was later overturned and she had the abortion.
Pressed by Feinstein on his comment several years ago that US v. Nixon might have been wrongly decided, he said his quote - shown on a poster above the senator - was "not in context" and "I have repeatedly called USA v. Nixon one of the four greatest moments in court history". "Precedent is rooted right in the Constitution itself".
"Of course the violence in the schools is something we all detest and want to do something about", Kavanaugh said.
The Barack Obama-era 2010 health care law includes protections for people with pre-existing conditions, but the Trump Justice Department has said it would not defend the provision.
He differed with a White House characterization of his record on government regulations. He had just come from the Bush White House, where he watched a president wage war while trying to protect America from future 9/11-style terrorist attacks. If confirmed to the Supreme Court, I will keep an open mind in every case.