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Suspense in Senate: Debt vote shrouded in secrecy

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The markets were open, and the stability of the stock market was on the line. But in a rare move, the Senate this week kept a suspenseful debt limit vote hidden from the public as it was playing out in real time.

What was clear as the vote dragged on was that Republicans were reluctant to vote to overcome a filibuster by tea party favorite Ted Cruz. That left the debt limit measure teetering on the edge of failure.

It takes 60 votes to break a filibuster, and for a time the count was stuck at 58. But the only way to know that was to sit in the Senate chamber; C-SPAN watchers were out of luck. Ultimately, the filibuster failed, and the Senate voted to raise the debt limit.

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