When card check legislation came up for a vote in June of 2007, it sailed through the House, but 48 Republican Senators joined to support a filibuster, effectively killing it. One Republican — Arlen Specter — voted against it. When you add Specter’s vote to the 58 votes Democrats will now have, you get up to 59, just one Minnesota seat shy of ensuring easy passage. That isn’t to say that Republicans will definitely be able to block the legislation should card check opponent Norm Coleman hang on, but it may be their only fighting chance.
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