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Sen. Nelson 'Concerned' About Johnsen, 'Usually Opposes' Obstruction

"He hasn't decided yet."

But the staffer also says "the senator doesn't support obstruction and usually votes for cloture."

If it comes to it, and Sen. Nelson votes 'yes' on cloture but a 'no' on the question of confirmation, it will amount, in essence, to a protest vote. However, it's worth going through Sen. Nelson's voting history on controversial nominees to see how true this is. I'll dig through the roll calls and report back any interesting findings. But the important question is who will vote to support the filibuster, and Nelson is strongly suggesting he won't, whereas I've been asking moderate Republicans this question for weeks, with no answers.

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