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  •  Armando, you have your numbers wrong (none)
    as I wrote briefly upthread.

    If some senators who don't want to vote No can just abstain on the vote, Frist has to reach 60 Yes votes.  And the Dems don't need 41 at all. UPthread I link to a 1993 roll-call example that shows this where the cloture motion was rejected.  The Dems can have NOs in the 30s or whatever, if they abstain from giving Frist bipartisan consensus support.

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