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story.lead_photo.caption Lee Rudofsky is shown in this file photo.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to confirm Lee Philip Rudofsky as U.S. district judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas.

The vote was 51-41, with nine senators absent.

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, on a party-line vote last month, had supported his nomination.

Rudofsky, Arkansas' former solicitor general who has also served as Walmart Inc.'s senior director of its global anti-corruption compliance team, had the backing of the state's two Republican U.S. senators: John Boozman and Tom Cotton.

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An American Bar Association panel had ranked Rudofsky as "qualified."

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