Politics & Government

November 21, 2008 4:32 PM

Even if Democrats get 60 Senate seats, they'll need help

Senate Democrats are inching close to the magic number of 60, the number of votes that are needed to cut off debate under the chamber's rules. Victories by Al Franken in the still-undecided Minnesota race and Jim Martin in Georgia's runoff Dec. 2 would give the Democrats a nominal filibuster-proof majority, which neither party has had in 32 years. But Democrats are not of one mind on many policy issues, so the 60-seat majority may not be all it's cracked up to be.

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