Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan won approval yesterday of a divided Senate Judiciary Committee, moving her a step closer to becoming President Barack Obama’s second appointee on the high court.


With the support of just one Republican, Lindsey Graham, the Democratic-led panel voted 13-6 to recommend that the full Senate confirm the former Harvard Law school dean to replace retired Justice John Paul Stevens, who had been the court’s leading liberal.


If confirmed, Kagan is not expected to change the ideological balance of the court, which in recent years has often ruled 5-4 with a conservative majority.