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Former Senator Chuck Hagel's road to become secretary of defense just got a little smoother

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Hagel is a former Republican senator from Nebraska. Hagel is a former Republican senator from Nebraska.
WASHINGTON (NBC) -

TV networks have learned there are now at least five Republican senators who would oppose a filibuster of Hagel's confirmation.

That gives Democrats the 60 votes they would need to break a potential filibuster.

All five senators, including Senator John McCain, are against Hagel's nomination but disagree with blocking it by a filibuster.

Hagel is a former Republican senator from Nebraska but has faced considerable Republican opposition.

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