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Sen. Kyl, No. 2 Republican, to oppose Sotomayor

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JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS | July 22, 2009 10:42 AM EST | AP


WASHINGTON — Republican Sen. Jon Kyl's office says he'll vote against Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor (SOHN'-ya soh-toh-my-YOR'), the latest of his party's conservative leaders to announce he'll oppose President Barack Obama's choice to be the first Hispanic justice.

The Arizonan, the Senate's second-ranking Republican, plans to announce his opposition in a midday speech on the Senate floor. He expressed serious concerns about Sotomayor's writings and rulings during her confirmation hearings last week.

The GOP is deeply divided over Sotomayor, who is expected to win easy confirmation in early August. A handful of Republican moderates have said they'll vote in her favor, and Democrats – who control 60 votes in the Senate – back her solidly.