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The party whips were correct and the final vote on Betsy DeVos’ nomination to head the Department of Education was 50-50.
Vice President Mike Pence, in his Constitutional role as President of the Senate cast the deciding vote. In what can only be seen as a historic piece of strategy on the part of Democrats, by delaying Jeff Session’s elevation to the cabinet they allowed him to remain in the Senate and vote for DeVos.
And, of course, this: