Senate Leaders Expect Bailout to Pass With 70 Votes

Senate Democratic and Republican leadership aides are offering similar predictions of what tonight's final vote on the $700 billion financial plan will look like: Expect a number around 70 votes.

GOP aides say a majority of the Senate's 49 Republicans -- probably around 30 -- will vote for the bill, and Democratic aides expect slight more, about 40, from their side.

Seventy votes would easily exceed the 60-vote threshold necessary for passage according to a consent agreement hammered out Tuesday between Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidNevada's Heck won't say who he's backing for president GOP groups ride to rescue in 3 key Senate races Obama seeks down-ballot gains after being midterm loser MORE (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellRepublicans make M investment in Senate races Pelosi urges end to Pentagon's clawback of soldier overpayments Coffman’s stance on climate change disingenuous, irresponsible MORE (R-Ky.)

-J. Taylor Rushing