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Republican Sen. Richard G. Lugar will vote to confirm Elena Kagan as a U.S. Supreme Court justice.

The Indiana Republican is the second in the GOP to announce he’s breaking with his party to back President Obama’s nominee to succeed retired Justice John Paul Stevens.

Mr. Lugar said he has carefully followed Ms. Kagan’s confirmation-hearing testimony and the debate about her nomination, including recommendations from his constituents, and concluded that she is clearly qualified to serve on the high court.

Democrats have more than enough votes to confirm Ms. Kagan. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina on Tuesday became the first Republican to say he will vote for her. A few others are expected to follow suit. The vote is expected early next month.

From wire dispatches and staff reports