Final vote announced on HUD nominee Ben Carson

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Thursday morning, the Senate has approved Ben Carson as President Trump’s nominee for secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), in a final vote of 58-41.

Carson, a former presidential candidate who endorsed Trump after he dropped out of the race, is a retired successful neurosurgeon.

His lack of government experience caused the Democrats to draw out the confirmation process for several weeks.

Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Mark Warner (Va.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Sherrod Brown (Ohio), Jon Tester (Mont.), Joe Donnelly (Ind.) and Independent Sen. Angus King (Maine) all voted to back Carson.

One Republican senator, Johnny Isakson (Ga.) refrained from voting.

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