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WASHINGTON, Feb 26 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate voted to confirm Chuck Hagel on Tuesday as President Barack Obama's new secretary of defense.
Senators backed the nomination by a 57-41 vote, as voting continued, with only about four Republicans joining Democrats in support of Hagel, a Republican former U.S. senator from Nebraska.
Hagel needed only 51 votes to be confirmed as the new civilian leader at the Pentagon. (Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; editing by Christopher Wilson)