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Manchin: 'We Will Not Get the Votes Today'

8:20 AM, Apr 17, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, says the gun bill will not pass the Democratic-controlled Senate today. NBC reports:

The bipartisan effort to expand background checks will not have the votes to advance in the Senate today, according to one of the architects of the deal.

"We will not get the votes today," Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., told NBC News.

As the showdown vote draws near, an Associated Press-GfK poll shows ebbing public support for tightening gun control laws.

In the run-up to the roll call expected Wednesday, so many Republicans had declared their opposition to the background check measure that supporters — mostly Democrats — had seemed headed to defeat unless they could turn votes around in the final hours. Supporters seemed likely to lose some moderate Democratic senators as well.

"It's a struggle," New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, the No. 3 Senate Democrat, conceded on Tuesday.

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