GOP, Dems Prepare For Legal Challenges Over Massachusetts Senate Seat

03/19/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Appointed Senator Paul Kirk will lose his vote in the Senate after Tuesday's election in Massachusetts of a new senator and cannot be the 60th vote for Democratic health care legislation, according to Republican attorneys.

Kirk has vowed to vote for the Democratic bill even if Republican Scott Brown is elected but not yet certified by state officials and officially seated in the Senate. Kirk's vote is crucial because without the 60 votes necessary to stop a Republican filibuster, the bill will be defeated.

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