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One (Kerry) Vote Short:

Senate Democrats today failed to extend unemployment benefits by one vote. The only senator absent was the junior senator from Massachusetts and Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry: he was busy campaigning.

The election-year effort to extend the benefits, which came in the form of an amendment to a corporate tax bill, required 60 votes to surpass a budget enforcement hurdle, but the amendment’s backers failed, garnering only 59 “ayes.”

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