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The Senate has rejected a GOP plan to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline after President Obama made personal calls to Democrats urging them to oppose it.

The 56-42 vote staves off an election-year rebuke of Obama, but will give political ammunition to backers of TransCanada Corp.’s plan to build a pipeline connecting Alberta’s massive tar sands projects to Gulf Coast refineries.

Despite Obama’s efforts, 11 Democrats brushed off Obama on the vote and sided with Republicans.

Both Senator Bob Casey, Jr. and Pat Toomey voted for the pipeline.

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