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Most 'No' Votes Against Supreme Court Nominees

There is little suspense to next week's Senate confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. The only question is whether she gets more than 70 votes.

Here is a listing of the most "no" votes in the Senate against a court nominee since World War II.

Robert Bork — 58 (rejected 42-58, 10/23/87)
Clement Haynsworth — 55 (rejected 45-55, 11/21/69)
G. Harrold Carswell — 51 (rejected 45-51, 4/8/70)
Clarence Thomas — 48 (confirmed 52-48, 10/15/91)
Samuel Alito — 42 (confirmed 58-42, 1/31/06)
William Rehnquist (for chief justice) — 33 (confirmed 65-33, 9/17/86)
William Rehnquist — 26 (confirmed 12/10/71)
John Roberts (for chief justice) — 22 (confirmed 78-22, 9/29/05)
Potter Stewart — 17 (confirmed 70-17, 5/5/59)
Sherman Minton — 16 (confirmed 48-16, 10/4/49)