The Senate edged closer to granting the White House fast-track trade authority Thursday in a cliffhanger vote that was in doubt until the very end.
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Sixty votes were needed on the procedural motion to end debate and move to a final vote, and Republicans and Democrats alike knew it would be a tough climb.

Senators had been unable to reach an agreement on amendments, and Democratic opponents of fast-track believed they had a chance at a second victory in two weeks on trade.