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Democrats have gained a decisive majority in the U.S. Senate, according to CNN projections, and are still aiming to acquire a filibuster-proof 60 seats.

When Election Day dawned, Democrats needed to add nine seats to their current roster of 51 (49 Democrats and two independents allied with them) to gain the three-fifths majority that will enable them to invoke cloture, a device to end filibusters, the unlimited floor speeches by an opponent that can prevent legislation from coming up for a vote.

They will add five seats, CNN projects, bringing their total to 56. Read full article »

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