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Chuck Hagel: The Armed Services Committee whip list

Seven of the 12 Republicans on the Senate Armed Services Committee have already expressed some opposition to Chuck Hagel, mere hours after the former Nebraska GOP senator was officially nominated to be Defense Secretary.

Hagel doesn't technically need any GOP votes to advance beyond the committee, on which Democrats hold a 14-12 majority, but some Democrats have also suggested they are hesitant to confirm him.

Five of 14 Democrats on the committee have so far suggested they are either going to vote for Hagel or are leaning toward voting for him. Four others have withheld judgment and the rest haven't spoken out publicly.

Here's how it breaks down so far (and stay tuned to The Fix for updates):

Near-certain 'no' votes (4)

Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)

Roger Wicker (R-Miss.)

Ted Cruz (R-Texas)

David Vitter (R-La.)

Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) – ranking member


Leaning 'no' (3)

Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.)


Undecided (8)

Deb Fischer (R-Neb.)

Mike Lee (R-Utah)

Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.)

Roy Blunt (R-Mo.)

Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.)

Bill Nelson (D-Fla.)

Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.)

Angus King (I-Maine)

John McCain (R-Ariz.)


Leaning 'yes' (3)

Carl Levin (D-Mich.) -- chairman

Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.)

Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.)


Near-certain 'yes' votes (2)

Jack Reed (D-R.I.)

Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii)


No public comments yet (6)

Mark Udall (D-Colo.)

Kay Hagan (D-N.C.)

Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)

Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.)

Tim Kaine (D-Va.)

Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.)

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.



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