PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine is one of the first Republicans to pledge support for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor.

Snowe says Sotomayor’s performance during four days of confirmation hearings reinforced her favorable sense of the nominee. She says Sotomayor “appears neither rigid nor dogmatic in her approach to the essential task of constitutional interpretation.”

She says that “barring any unforeseen circumstances” she plans to vote for Sotomayor.

Earlier, Republican Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana announced that he would vote for Sotomayor, calling her “clearly qualified to serve on the Supreme Court.” Sen. Mel Martinez of Florida, the Senate’s lone Hispanic Republican, also announced he will back President Barack Obama’s first Supreme Court nominee.

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