Hagel picks up support from three more Dems

Hagel has faced a barrage of attacks from conservative and pro-Israel groups in opposition to his nomination, raising concerns about his views on Israel, Iran and gay rights.

Several groups have released TV ads that targeted vulnerable Senate Democrats up for reelection, as well as Sen. Charles SchumerCharles SchumerHow the White House got rolled on the Saudi-9/11 bill Election-year politics: Senate Dems shun GOP vulnerables Democrats press Wells Fargo CEO for more answers on scandal MORE, the No. 3 Democrat in the Senate. Schumer’s endorsement was viewed as a crucial step for Hagel’s confirmation.

More than a half-dozen GOP senators have said they oppose Hagel’s nomination, and Sen. John Barasso (R-Wyo.) laid out his problems with his former Senate colleague in a Wall Street Journal op-ed published Thursday.

So far, no Democratic senators have said they will oppose Hagel — though many have said they have concerns — and no Republicans have said they will back him. Many senators say they will wait until after next week’s hearing to decide how they will land on the nomination.