Kavanaugh was accused by several women of sexual misconduct, including a California professor who testified under oath that he tried to assault her at a high school party decades ago. Accusations from other women followed, none corroborated.
The bitter partisan fight over Kavanaugh's nomination became a firestorm after sexual misconduct allegations emerged involving Kavanaugh. In a frequently-shouted sworn statement of his own, he decried the Senate for putting his nomination in jeopardy.
A ceremonial swearing-in of Kavanaugh is set for Monday evening in the White House East Room.
But the turmoil surrounding Kavanaugh has transformed the midterms into something bigger than Trump, with implications that could endure long after his presidency.
What's unclear is whether GOP unity is enough to preserve the GOP power in Congress.
In North Dakota, Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer has pulled comfortably ahead of Democratic Sen. By way of comparison, in 2016 these same districts favored Republican candidates over Democratic ones by 15 percentage points, 56 percent to 41 percent.
Collins, one of the few pro-choice Republicans in the Senate, has asserted that Kavanaugh considers Roe v. Wade "settled law" and would not vote to overturn that 1973 decision.
Ford addressed the harassment against her in prepared remarks to the Senate Judiciary Committee, where she said: "My family and I have been the target of constant harassment and death threats".
The Hawaii Democrat criticized Collins for her views in light of the Maine Republican's meetings with sexual assault survivors. "Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president". "I said, "Brett, congratulations, this is going to be a piece of cake getting you confirmed".
Now it's a four-week race to tell the story.
During her October 5 speech, Collins claimed that Kavanaugh "will work to lessen the divisions" in the U.S. But during his angry, bitter diatribe before the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 27, Trump's nominee hardly sounded nonpartisan.
While some Democrats, including Congressman Jerry Nadler (D-NY), toy with the idea of investigating and even impeaching Kavanaugh should the Democrats take the House, others say the party should be focused on the election and healing the divide.
This week alone, he's expected to hold rallies in Iowa, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Kentucky.
While many Republicans said they were satisfied with the FBI probe, Democrats and Blasey Ford's lawyers called the investigation insufficient.
Asked by reporters aboard Air Force One what message he had for women across the country who feel the nomination sends a message that their allegations of sexual assault aren't believed, Trump disagreed with the premise, saying women "were outraged at what happened to Brett Kavanaugh" and "were in many ways stronger than the men in his favour".
Kavanaugh said he was thankful for the "steadfast, unwavering support throughout this process". "But what you just said now was it's a question of whether or not the party in control of the Senate is different from the president".
"The Democrats have become too extreme and too unsafe to govern".
Thirty-six states are electing governors this year, with competitive races in states where the Republican incumbents are stepping aside as they hit term limits, including in the swing states of Florida, Nevada and Ohio.