Senate confirms Alito along party lines

CAPITOL HILL (AP) - A sharply divided Senate has confirmed Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court.

The conservative judge took only four votes from Democrats in the Senate. Just one Republican voted against him in the 58-to-42 vote.

Alito received support from the smallest number of senators in the president's opposing party in modern history. Chief Justice John Roberts took 22 Democratic votes last year. Justice Clarence Thomas was confirmed in 1991 on a 52-to-48 vote with the support of eleven Democrats.

Alito will replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. She has been a moderate swing vote on the court.

Alito watched the final vote from the White House with his family. Roberts is due to swear him in Tuesday at the Supreme Court.

A ceremonial second swearing-in is scheduled at the White House East Room Wednesday.