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Former Senator Chuck Hagel's road to become secretary of defense just got a little smoother.
CNN has learned there are now at least five Republican senators who would oppose a filibuster of Hagel's confirmation.
That gives Democrats the 60 votes they would need to break a potential filibuster.
All five senators, including Senator John McCain, are against Hagel's nomination, but disagree with blocking it by a filibuster.
Hagel served as a Republican senator from Nebraska but has faced considerable Republican opposition.
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