President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Sonia Sotomayor, has already received at least one "yes" vote from a North Carolina Republican — and that was from none other than former Sen. Jesse Helms.
Helms supported Sotomayor's nomination to the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, a step below the highest court, back in 1998, according to Senate roll call records, Barb Barrett reports.
The state's other senator, Republican Lauch Faircloth, voted no.
The full vote was 67-29, with four senators not voting. Sotomayor had been nominated by then-President Bill Clinton.